Last night the rain and thunder shuddered and grumbled,
And in our house we sheltered together, humbled
Remembering that only our newly-repaired roof kept us dry
And safe, no need to worry or cry—-
The cats stayed uneasy until the last rolling battle
Of hot and cold air and threat of hailstones to rattle
Us and keep us all up, nervous,
Until it all faded away at once and left, impervious
To all the human and feline nerves it jangled and upset—
We were glad to see the end of it, you bet!
But the gift it grudgingly left was a well-watered garden
Enjoying the fresh water bombardment;
Peas, radishes, tomatoes, peppers, leeks,
Onions, garlic, herbs, lettuce, arugula, beets—
They got rain and we’ll have salads
Thanks to the rain for its noisy ballads!