Half a foot of rainfall in 24 hours makes for flood conditions in my neck of the woods. The Big Sioux falls in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, are a testament to the amount of water flowing in area rivers, almost every one out of its banks.

The falls park is a mandatory destination for any trip to that city, including June 22.

It’s soggy around here, and there will be months of clean-up in flood-prone areas. Some are starting to call the events a “century flood.”


High, plaintive, slow,

a youngster floats the national song,

over field and fence

while dozens not patient

hold hands to chest

and fidget

Chatter chases notes

in twilight’s gleaming.

Let the game begin.