In the dark of the night
I awake with a start
To the sound of the sump pump below
A growling away at the work it was doing,
Making sure that I would know.
That guttural grinding – no pretty sound
Yet one I delighted to hear.
For it meant that rain was coming down,
And the end of the drought was near.
Margaret Baumgarten was a school teacher, a mother, and a farm wife in rural Wisconsin through the middle of the 20th Century. She was also a poet, a storyteller, a writer, and my grandmother. Each Sunday I share one of her works.