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The Uses of Rain, and: Schmaltz, and: During Sixth Grade, and: The End of Uncertainty

The Uses of Rain, and: Schmaltz, and: During Sixth Grade, and: The End of Uncertainty THE USES OF RAIN ¡Gary Fincke We sat, in geography, for nine weeks With water, a marking period of rain. We followed the dittoed diagrams Of water's efficient recycling-- Precipitation, evaporation, AU the clouds we memorized for exams: Cirrus, cumulus, the great thunderheads Like the ones Mr. Sanderson called us To watch at the windows. Snow, he told us, Was nature's cheap ice cream, more air in drifts Than water. A barometer, he said, Could thrive inside an injured knee, but he Made us read the names for irrigation, How crop rotation and the geometry Of plowing could safety-net the earth. He taught the proper times for lawn sprinklers, The folly of building in the flood plain, And we remembered the timetables For tides, the value of deltas, wetlands, And the extraordinary ecosystem Of the ocean. And though we conserved For extra credit, though wè catalogued Our care, we took our test, turned it in, And listened, books closed, to Mr. Sanderson Tell us the story of the crested bustard, Whose desire is triggered by the sound of rain. "Because it lives in the desert," he explained, "Its courtship dance must be timed just right." He held our http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

The Uses of Rain, and: Schmaltz, and: During Sixth Grade, and: The End of Uncertainty

The Missouri Review , Volume 21 (2) – Oct 5, 1998

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THE USES OF RAIN ¡Gary Fincke We sat, in geography, for nine weeks With water, a marking period of rain. We followed the dittoed diagrams Of water's efficient recycling-- Precipitation, evaporation, AU the clouds we memorized for exams: Cirrus, cumulus, the great thunderheads Like the ones Mr. Sanderson called us To watch at the windows. Snow, he told us, Was nature's cheap ice cream, more air in drifts Than water. A barometer, he said, Could thrive inside an injured knee, but he Made us read the names for irrigation, How crop rotation and the geometry Of plowing could safety-net the earth. He taught the proper times for lawn sprinklers, The folly of building in the flood plain, And we remembered the timetables For tides, the value of deltas, wetlands, And the extraordinary ecosystem Of the ocean. And though we conserved For extra credit, though wè catalogued Our care, we took our test, turned it in, And listened, books closed, to Mr. Sanderson Tell us the story of the crested bustard, Whose desire is triggered by the sound of rain. "Because it lives in the desert," he explained, "Its courtship dance must be timed just right." He held our

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The Missouri ReviewUniversity of Missouri

Published: Oct 5, 1998

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