August rain

A sneeze of rain
again this morning

The kind to take
you to leafy plants,

dark, saturated green,
with rain drops

rolling off like pearls,
and you down there,

small, in shelter
under leafy plants,

up to your knees
in springy kinky moss

– James Steerforth (© 2007)

Following a magnificently sunny lead-in weekend, it’s been rainy and cool the last few days, with mostly a benevolent drizzle – unlike in other parts of the world (Pakistan, England, India, Bangladesh), where rain has caused terrible floods recently.
I originally wanted to post a rain poem by Barbara Guest I vaguely remembered, looked it up in “The Countess from Minneapolis” (1976) and found that it was about June rain.
Even though it is about a similar kind of rain – “only small rain small rain small / thin thin rain starved rain rin” –, it’s two months past, and that meant I had to write my own.

About James Steerforth

I am an author of poetry and fiction, translator and painter who loves to have fun with borrowed feathers.
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2 Responses to August rain

  1. suburbanlife says:

    We had a “sneeze of rain” a couple of days ago, just perfect and much needed. This is lovely, James! G

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