Rainwater Flooding

Rain, a periodic normal phenomenon–
Time changed it to be nature’s fury,
A clean source of life in colourless hues,
Man’s neglect made it a bundle of woes.

Stagnant water ankle deep,
Collectively refusing to seep,
Drinking and sewage start a coalition,
Lifeless water became a cause of affliction.

Roads turn into a lake,
Walking around is putting life at stake,
Potholes and manholes conceal a deadly abyss,
Flowing water is now distress invisible.

Droplets from ceiling above land on the head,
Waterfalls not form the rocks but from walls instead,
Bulbs and sockets converted to a system of drip irrigation,
In-house rain a cause of helpless irritation.

Homes dark and damp without power,
But energy cables dip in water leaving people to suffer,
The yearly rain is like a willful energy burn,
Especially, from past events, the dwellers refuse to learn.

Rotting vegetables costs sky high,
As man ponders on ideas to keep it dry,
Milk and bread vanished,
As if rain ordered them to be banished.

Elongated worms walk up the wall,
Enlarged toads croak away in the central hall,
Water snakes slither in with the murky flow,
But as aqua recedes, you don’t see them go!

Need today is to harvest and store the fluid,
To restore glory to the precious liquid,
Regrow aqua’s green-rooted friends,
To make permanent amends.

Sreeyantha is a person who sees the world in all the colours of the rainbow. A creative homemaker who wishes to capture the universe’s beauty in poems, paintings and short essays. You can read a collection of her poems here.

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