Rain - Patricia’s Lakeland Lament A very apposite poem received this week in the midst of the deluge we are facing in Cumbria; composed and sent to us by member, Robert Challans who found his inspiration in challenging conditions: "We visit the Lakes often with our friends who have a house near Keswick. I thought you would like to share this poem with your readers. I composed this recently following a particular rainy day for our good friend Pat". Rain - Patricia’s Lakeland LamentDark clouds gathering far awayI’ve seen the signs before.Going for a walk todayAlong the Derwent shore Just a shower I heard him sayWon’t last long I’m sureBring your wet gear anyway.It’s not going to pour Climbing the crags in record timeAt the top without assistanceWhat a view,so sublimeWas that a rumble in the distance. The heavens opened with a mighty crackThe wind blew through my hairSheets of water down my backThis is more than I can bear. You said there was no rain todayI took you at your word.A passing shower I heard him sayThat’s really quite absurd Let’s get off this mountainThe rain is falling fasterThe path is like a fountainTurning into a disaster Back at base cold and dampWhat a wonderful cup of teaMy left leg has got the crampI could be a divorcee I can’t believe I keep doing thisGoing through all this sorrowHe said it was part of wedded blissAnd we do it all again tomorrow.