The Gift of Rain
We are only in the first few days of July and already we are halfway through our average rainfall for the month. This is according to the information provided on the Met Eireann website showing the Dublin Airport rainfall data. The Irish climate is mild, humid and changeable with abundant rainfall and a lack of extremes in temperatures. The gift of rain in June after three months of very dry conditions, has helped our gardens flourish, parklands become green again and refill our lakes and reservoirs. The wonderful shades of green, created by this gift, define our Emerald Isle, and attract visitors to Ireland. Hopefully these shades will help us holiday at home this year, to protect our communities from COVID-19 and invest in local business.
THE LOST HEIFER
BY AUSTIN CLARKE.
When the black herds of the rain were grazing,
In the gap of the pure cold wind
And the watery hazes of the hazel
Brought her into my mind,
I thought of the last honey by the water
That no hive can find.
Brightness was drenching through the branches
When she wandered again,
Turning sliver out of dark grasses
Where the skylark had lain,
And her voice coming softly over the meadow
Was the mist becoming rain.