One hundred and five millimetres of Rain by Michael Healy


One hundred and five millimetres of Rain

One hundred and five millimetres of rain,

One hundred and five splash and dash down the drain,

One hundred and five fell in just one night,

One hundred and five, what a terrible sight!

 

August 10th 2004, and the sky turned black

The clouds grew heavy and the thunder cracked,

Torrential rain, driven hard by the storm,

Poured from the sky from dark until dawn.

 

All around the flood waters rose

Drain pipes gushed like high pressure hose,

Down from the fields the water cascaded

Until slowly the torrent of rain eased and faded.

 

The roads turned to rivers, forcing cars to plough on,

Through deep swirling flood water’s gathering ponds.

The crops in the field were all flattened and battered

To the flooded home owners, not that that matter.

 

And there on the TV the figures were stark

The reports highlighting the plight of Newark

Heading the list of the sites of this deluge

No wonder our ducks took shelter and refuge

 

With more than one month’s rain in just one night

A most unpleasant and memorable sight

So August the tenth will long be recalled

The night 105 millimetres of rain did fall.

 

                                                        Michael Healy

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