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Drought is a dreadful season that is often uncalled for. It may apply literally, but can also apply metaphorically. No one looks forward to it. In life, our own human activities can call in a drought. Drought makes life uncomfortable and comes along with so much pain that cannot be fathomed.
I believe no one would advise a loved one to endure a season of drought. Even animals do despise it and travel to any place of comfort, be it far or near. However, it is necessary to make hay whilst life runs smoothly because drought can also be an unforeseen circumstance that can hit the life of a person instantaneously.
Drought, depending on which ever form it presents itself, can make a person feel dry, both inwardly and outwardly. When it presents itself in the literal form, all the physical things we see with our naked eyes take on a dry appearance. When it presents itself metaphorically, there is often, a massive emotional breakdown associated with it. Sometimes, it is a combination of both literal and metaphorical presentation.
From my poetical thought, comes my expression of drought below.
1. The air is so dry and hostile to breadth,
The land is so dry and bears not food,
The rivers run dry and expose their deep,
The skin longs for nourishment,
The Dark Drought is here.
2. The minstrel sings no more,
She chokes on her natural water,
Where lies the strength of joy,
Where lies the strength of happiness,
Sad words inscribed on tongues.
3. Ancestors may have ears but do they hear,
The sound of cry from the descendants,
Proceeding from the dry wells of the earth,
Upon which they once stood,
To make the legends come alive.
4. Many strings of water from above,
Expected by expectant souls,
On this dry land of the fathers,
Always green in its fields,
And none envisaged doom.
5. From whence did it come into the land,
And who are its next victims,
A silent prayer is said for the dearly departed,
It ravaged through the village,
No mercy on who it encountered.
The writer describes what happens when drought is found in a place. One may term it as symptoms of drought. He depicts a dreadful scene and obviously portrays drought as extremely dreadful. The form of drought presentation in this scenario is literal. It can be seen and felt at the same time by anyone affected by it.
Drought kills the joy once shared by a group of people dwelling in an affected place of abode. The usual activities are brought to a stand-still. Even the amount of saliva (described as “natural water”) produced in the mouth of people reduces and that makes swallowing, a painful ordeal.
In drought situations, there are moments when people resort to consulting spirit beings to seek their help. Regardless of how superstitious it may sound, those who believe have their own portion of it. It is rather unfortunate to note sometimes the spirits go numb and dumb.
It clear the inhabitants of the affected lands are counting on the spirit beings to intervene in the drought situation by sending down rain. They probably waited for so long, expecting to see signs of rain but never saw a drop.
They had given up on hope and could nothing anymore than to sit back and watch this unseen personality called drought, ravage the people one after the other. It is a scene of shame and pity. As to when and how it may depart from them to grant them freedom once again and fill their dwelling place with life, no one knows.