Alaska Rain Forest Calendar: Dictionary of Words for Weather December: Prophetic rain 1 Hard, dense, cold. Foretells the imminence of snow. January: Drift Snow Streams off high mountains, Settles like dust. February: Ice Rain-filled potholes. By morning clear ice filled bowls. March: Prophetic rain 2 Cold midnight light rain. Morning black ice. April: Prophetic rain 3 Clear sky, wind, light rain Weather front advancing. May: False rain In the forest wind streams drops from needles and leaves. A benediction. June: Spring Showers Picnic interrupted. Everybody laughs. July: Merciful rain. Rain of short duration on a sultry day. August: Endless rain Low clouds. Windless days. September: Fog Eyes see nothing—open or closed. Face coated with a sheen of water. October: In-your-face rain Halloween kids in slickers. Jack O’lantern candles snuffed. November: Hammer rain Storm beats on houses, flattens leaves. One word. Many blows. Year End Summary Winter, spring, summer, fall 45° and raining.
morning rain washes the lilac blooming outside the window melody without pause alone with you awake at 6 am the night watch done though we each took naps each on a scouting trip your breath short and rapid holds steady oxygen the miracle drug I turned up its concentration four days ago but the hours render water from your body into the catheter bag returned to earth in drops you ready to break camp the tempo picks up I recall our coming to this once forest on a hill overlooking Anchorage it was raining hard fifty-seven years ago your young family uprooted but growing how we gathered into boxes some things of the place we were yet left behind the place an old melody the rain as it washes leaves of the shrub and its flower gives light its way
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