El Niño '92 The dry side of life
by Rudolph von Scheven
When the plane landed on Majuro, all I saw was water,
water to the left, water to right.
Later I discovered the strip of land I was to live on.
Living on Majuro means to see water, more water,
and yet more water. Water, water everywhere.
I learned to dive, I learned to enjoy the creatures of the sea,
and I learned to appreciate the world of water which surrounds me.
I marvelled at the turquoise water of the lagoon,
and I admired the deep blue sea.
The tropical sun made the land sparkle in vibrant colours.
Paradise on earth.
There was the occasional problem with the drinking water,
of which there was not so much around.
Still, life went on pleasantly.
After a long while came the typhoon.
El Niño, has struck again, and today I am surrounded by irony.
Really too bad, but that˙s life, someone says,
Originally published in Antithesis vol. 7(2), pp. 87-89, 1995.
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