Silent and still
Exhausted, expiring
Famished and finished
The flock cries out.

Weary and wilted
Broken and brown
Drooping and dying
The grass cries out.

Dehydrated and dry
Cracked and crushed
Parched and pulverized
The earth cries out.

The heavens reply
With a sprinkled shower
To revive and renew
The barren veld.
February 2011
On visiting the Klein Karoo before and just after rain.

Photo: Klein Karoo Landscape -
© Jonker Fourie, by kind permission, from: The Firefly Photo Files