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Sign: Berkeley - Berkeley Poetry Walk - "The Drouth" a song by Charles Keeler

2080 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA
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On the sign:

From Shasta south to El Cajon,
From Tahoe to the sea-girt shore,
No cloud in answer to our moan
Bears prophecy of rain once more.

The north wind blows a bitter drouth,
The west wind sweeps across the plain,
But O the wind of east and south
Comes not with cheering sign of rain.

The herbage starts not on the hills,
The cattle starve in pastures sear,
The fruit trees wilt and babbling rills
Lapse off in sand and disappear.

O clouds of hope, O welcome wind,
We pray thee kiss our fainting flowers;
To this fair fruitful land be kind
And bless us with abundant showers.

-Charles Keeler
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Berkeley’s poetry Walk was laid in October 2003 along Edison Street between Shattuck and Milvia Streets. The route includes 128 metal plates with excerpts from songs, each of which is related in one way or another to the city of Berkeley.

In the current plaque appears a poem by the American writer and poet, Charles Keeler (1871-1937). Keeler moved to Berkeley at the age of 6, and attended the University of Berkeley. In the city of Berkeley, a street is named after him

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