Drought scape

With inner peace as the guide and criterion for all our actions, we transform our way of living into one genuinely capable of bringing lasting peace into a troubled world. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Ancestors of the rainy North & South
thank you for understanding
that we must let go of your gift
of valuing the aesthetic
of green grass & other thirsty landscaping
even in, what are, natural deserts.

I’ve loved walking barefoot in the grass
also, playing Frisbee and having picnics.
I’ve faithfully watered, mowed, raked
trimmed, edged, and cared for the yard.

But I’m hearing the concerns of descendants
who will not know such abundance
of water and other resources.
Less rain now falls with climate changes.
They ask why was so much water used
when precious reservoirs ran dry?

Today I read that, despite the calls for conservation
with the drought, more water is being used
in California this year, than last.
I muster a smile knowing that many understand
that what we do now affects the future well-being
of all living things.
That many are putting their understanding
into action by replacing water-intensive landscaping
with xeriscapingΒ  and native plants.

May all beings have adequate clean, fresh water
now and 7 generations into the future.

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37 thoughts on “Drought scape

  1. The Crazy Crone

    We practise waterwise gardening here in North Cyprus where water is very scarce, and we started practising waterwise gardening in Perth, Western Australia, in 1984, when water charges came in. Great idea – concentrates the mind wonderfully on reducing water usage. Within three years we had to water hardly any plants, we did indulge in some roses, but any which couldn’t handle lack of water died and weren’t replaced.

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  2. lauramacky

    I think what people are doing is using more and more water so when they’re told to cut back, they cut back to “normal”. I’ve heard of people talking this way around where I live. And as I drive through suburbia I notice that almost every house has a lawn. Then it got me to thinking….why is it that the builders aren’t required to put in solar panels for power, those tankless water heaters (that would be SO simple), and hardscaping instead of lawn. I think when people hear hardscape they think of just rocks. A lot can be done nicely without a patch of lawn. Thanks for your post and to make me aware of the water I’m using.

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      thanks for sharing your observation, Laura!
      i’ve heard of this strategy of water use.
      looking into undeveloped areas of California
      reveals what is possible, naturally.
      may your day be well πŸ™‚

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      1. lauramacky

        You’re welcome. Good to hear there’s a move in this direction. The water heater thing is a no brainer for builders and it saves so much energy! Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  3. Tom McCubbin

    I’ve noticed our redwoods here in Santa Cruz have not suffered so much from the drought because they draw so much moisture from the fog.

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  4. sumowkowespotkania

    words of wisdom, especially in the Year of the Wooden Horse and the coming Year of the Wooden Goat. Water is life, wood burns fast when it is dry This is a very dry summer and the whole year here in Poland as well. Everything needs to be in balance.

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  5. β™‘eM

    At first glance, I read the title of this post as “Drought Escape” (my mind so wanted it, as it is hot and dry here as well), but as I read through, it’s clear to me that you intend to live quite consciously within it, setting a water-wise example for your neighbors. Water gives such life! Smiles for you, Smile!

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  6. francisguenette

    Our National Broadcaster, CBC, ran a piece a couple of weeks ago on what is likely to become of the Great Central Valley in the years to come. I sat stunned, watching a very dire prediction of dustbowl conditions and depleted aquifers, so many migrant workers out of work because there will be nothing to pick and the North American shopper, so dependent on the bounty of fruit and vegetables that come from CA, staring at empty produce sections in the grocery stores.

    Woody Guthrie sang – CA is the garden of Eden, to live in or to see, but believe it or not, you won’t find it so hot, if you don’t have the do-re-mi. Maybe he should have said if you don’t have the H20.

    We are building several greenhouses and getting ready to go without things we can’t grow ourselves.

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      thanks Francis for your kind insights!
      yes, hard to drink that do-re-mi.
      i’m inspired by your home-growing
      and going without, happily πŸ™‚

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  7. Eric Tonningsen

    Intentionally bought my home in NM eight years ago as it was entirely xeriscaped with indigenous plantings. Still, I curse the chamisa and Russian Sage every year as they grow unabated. Gotta get me some bamboo in the ground. πŸ™‚ Even with my singular efforts, my well — which reaches close to 600 feet into the aquifer — is beginning to run dry. Runoff is just not replenishing the ground tables. Cue Mad Max movies; just substitute water for fossil fuel. Very disconcerting.

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  8. Val Boyko

    This is an inspiring example of what can be done in our own back yard David πŸ˜‰
    May all people appreciate the need for water conservation and its impact on future generations around the world.
    Val x

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