A flood originates as rain drops falling
coalescing to form a rivulet
down a mountain-side to follow its calling
in the thunder of a river it met.
There is in the sky some valve that shuts off
in heaven’s providence for life on the land
invariably knows when enough is enough
all nature follows that very command.
Then in biblical times there was a flood
attributed to God’s wrath at man’s evil
but in modern times the converse holds good
man’s excess it is that turns nature wrathful.
God seems out of the picture completely
as man struggles to contain the disaster
not God it seems the aid and the money
but God’s love in our hearts for our brothers.