Cotton Wool Clouds 1

Haiku 222

As empty as clouds

Cotton wool brain, stuck inside

Corona effect


Cotton Wool Clouds 2

I was watching these fluffy cotton wool balls drift by one morning, as I sat outside having my cuppa. Though these particular clouds would not bring rain, we’re doing all right in Cape Town this year.

The dam levels are at 99.7%! Can you believe it?

These water reserves have to last us over the coming hottest summer months, until the next rains fall, a good six months away.

Three years ago in 2017, after lower than average rainfall several years in a row, the dams were at 37.6%. The levels dropped as low as 19% before we got rain.

Back then the whole world was pointing fingers at Cape Town and saying we would be the first major city to run out of water, on Day Zero.

Cotton Wool Clouds 3

I am very happy that we did not run out of water. By drastically rationing and re-using water, we averted disaster. The people of CT still do this, which is why the dams have filled up again so quickly; it’s not as if there have been really good rains recently. In fact, 2019 was quite dry; but by collectively altering our behaviour, we have triumphed.

So I could watch these fluffy clouds serenely, knowing that though they will not produce rain, the dams are already full!


17 thoughts on “Clouds!

  1. A Curious Introvert

    Great poem and love those clouds you captured!! It’s amazing what you guys accomplished with all your sacrifices and that cuppa should be filled with something extra special to toast 99.7% and all your hard work!!

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  2. Garfield Hug

    I am glad your dams are filled in Cape Town. Nice share on cloud art! Really looks like cotton candy that one can just pluck it and eat it. Enjoy your weekend cuppas and cheers to more cloud art!

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  3. long4h2o

    We humans have so so much potential that we never tap into. Yet, sometimes we reach it in limited settings. Still it should be lauded and celebrated. Bravo!

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  4. scooj

    Very nice haiku and photograph.

    Having experienced your severe drought I hope that the lessons learned in Cape Town will help other citizens in water-stressed countries to adapt their behaviours to conserve water.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      To be honest, many cities would run out of water if their usual rainfall simply did not happen.
      Most hot climates are water-conscious to begin with – it’s all climate change!
      But today – at least – we have water! πŸ˜€

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  5. Murphy's Law

    Congratulations to all of you in Cape Town for avoiding a disaster in 2017 by working together for the common good of everyone. Bravo for continuing those efforts to this day. I wish that kind of community response would spread like Covid-19!!

    Great shots of those beautiful clouds. They look like chunks of polyester filling!

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  6. oldmainer

    We have been dry, but never that dry. Our biggest issue is fire hazard, but our leaves are just turning and beginning to fall. Won’t be long before we are shoveling again. Loved the Haiku and pictures.


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