The Ground is Hard

January 13th, 2019

The ground here is hard
The soil was stripped away, they say.
I know that damn dam doesn't do much good —
It's definitely why we haven't had a flood
Since…I don't know when.
(A real flood.
Did you know the Buttes become islands?)
The ground is hard here.
I bring water down from the mountains
from Portland, from San Francisco.
I bring it to water my ground
and I am the only one watering my ground.
Others are trying to help.
Mama, they are helping
Bless them, they are helping.
But I am dry
and the ground is still hard.