forecasting
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el nino is like an ancient god
responsible for all callamity --
she conjurs sun or rain
storms or calm
warming or freezing
without regard to continent
race, creed, deservingness.
we cannot predict her swings of mood
but only bow before the hem
of her swirling skirts
pay homage, and hope
the crops will flourish

	-acm  (3/98)