making hopeless rivers and lakes

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What does the writer mean by the second section of the sentence below?

He stood for a while by the
window and watched the rain dig in the soil, making hopeless
rivers and lakes.
I guess the writer means that "Drops of rain kept penetrating into the soil; as a result, rivers and lakes would be deprived of their advantages." Am I right?
  • Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    English - Scotland
    No, I see it as : the rain created temporary rivers and lakes which had no hope of a prolonged existence.
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