Rain Poems

July 6, 2007 at 10:50 am 3 comments

because rain is on my mind…

Rain Prayer

Rain splashes, blesses
this alien garden this

walled green square these
tumbling flowers and pillars

and vines. It plinks splosh-drink
in the fishpond, wet

grey mist turns paving stones
to glass. I will stand,

let wet anoint me
among heavy leaves, let

weightlessness teach me
to float, passive,

tingling, exposed, loved
by the small cold kisses of air.

First Rain

for Liz WD

All afternoon
rain clamours happily
on the sky-light and the tin –
it wants to get in.
Green-earth rain-smell hurries
through the open door.
The garden trembles,
the ground gasps,
it wants to get in –
that feeling almost aching knowing
something will be resolved,
some cadence closed and opening
in one breath,
some door to everywhere –
it wants to get in.

But since the illness
(that beast who’s eating
your freedom, your muscles,
and half your mind)
all you want
is to walk again.
To sit yourself up,
to think clear thoughts
and speak words that make sense,
to wash the dishes again,
and do all these things even
without needing
to sleep
(like you are now)
when the blurred world
becomes safe and dark
when faltering thoughts
and untangle
(incomprehensible still, but fluid).

The bed is kind and carries you
and the rain
is far away but closer than breathing
when it gets in.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. robi-d  |  July 14, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    I was thinking of these as I read your other blog. They are good prayers

  • 2. cipriano  |  August 26, 2007 at 6:27 am

    Lovely poems, both.
    It plinks splosh-drink
    in the fishpond…


  • 3. meli  |  September 4, 2007 at 8:15 am

    thanks, cip!

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