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High Water in the Werra

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The Werra river which flows from Thuringia to Hann Munden and through the middle of Witzenhausen is flooding. Spring-like weather in this area, with heavy rain, has caused all the snow to melt from the hills and forests of Thuringin and Werra Meißner Kreis.
What is News:
-All the gardens in the low areas of Witzenhausen have been underwater for days. It smells, at times, like some of the other towns have released sewage into the water, so ti is not really clear if those gardeners will be able to plant in the spring.
-The old Jewish cemetery by the student housing is underwater.
-Local people and fire crews are now sand-bagging the little roadway that leads to the horse stalls. On the other side of town – some people are riding horses through town to bring them to higher pasture.
-All the trails and pathways between Witzenhausen and Unterrieden are flooded.

Apropos of flooding here is ‘Earth Song’ by Ralph Waldo Emerson
This was part of his poem Hamatreya written in 1846:

Earth Song

‘Mine and yours;
Mine, not yours, Earth endures;
Stars abide–
Shine down in the old sea;
Old are the shores;
But where are old men?
I who have seen much,
Such have I never seen.

‘The lawyer’s deed
Ran sure,
In tail,
To them, and to their heirs
Who shall succeed,
Without fail,

‘Here is the land,
Shaggy with wood,
With its old valley,
Mound and flood.
“But the heritors?–
Fled like the flood’s foam.
The lawyer, and the laws,
And the kingdom,
Clean swept herefrom.

‘They called me theirs,
Who so controlled me;
Yet every one
Wished to stay, and is gone,
How am I theirs,
If they cannot hold me,
But I hold them?’


Author: C. Whitney

I am an Independent consultant working with Organic farmers, wild collectors and conservation oriented communities in SE Asia. - Organic Consultant and Researcher, PhD candidate, Couchsurfing Ambassador, MOFGA Member, IFOAM Member, Organic Group Manager...

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