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Around the Square
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 • Posted October 16, 2013


It came.

It fell.

It left.

Thunder and lightning.

Lightning and thunder.

Pitter patter.

Pouring down.

Piddly drip.

Pleasant shower.

Regular downpour.

All of the above within hours.

Flash flood warning.

If only.

Everybody seems to agree.

We need a flood.

We need a purging.

A cleansing.




Let the Llano roar.

Let it rise and run.

And swallow up the low-water crossings.

If only for a little while.

Instead, Austin hogged it all.

That’s Mother Nature for you.

She does what she wants.

When she wants.

Where she wants.

For as long as she wants.

And nobody can stop her.

Or bribe her.

Or change her mind.

She is in control.

Out of control.

Beyond control.

Beyond and above it all.

All creatures great and small.

The birds of the heavens.

The bushes of the earth.

The fish of the sea.

Nature has never not been.

Sometimes ignored.

Or taken for granted.

But more often worshiped.

For thousands of years, nature held dominion over multiple religions:

Incan. Algonquian.

Assyrian. Babylonian.

Slavonic. Germanic.

Roman. Greek.

And Native American.

They all knew.

It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is a poet, author, and real estate broker on the square with her assistant, Buster.

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