The rains brought cheer
Summer relief and schools on leave.
But when the floods rolled in, oh God no!
Too much, too much…
Will someone shut tight the tap please?
The water levels rose
And I mourned for the people
in flooded shanties…
Then the flood entered my villa home;
I watched paralysed, mind frozen.
The level rose quickly
By evening—four feet deep.
I watched my furniture rise
And float tilted in muddy water;
Struggled to drag out an inverter
Smoking, dying a painfully drawn-out wailing death;
Grappled with my large fridge
But it insisted on floating on its back…
We retreated to the first floor
Cooked there, ate and slept,
Wondering whether the flood would find us by morning…
But the water receded
In three days of tackling snakes and centipedes.
Heaving a sigh of relief
Called the cleaners and relaxed that eve.
My trial, I found, wasn’t at an end;
It rained all that night…
Next morning I watched the water
Flood in though the drains
Seep in between the marble flooring slabs…