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Anyone lucky enough to have visited the Museum of Modern Art last summer, could have enjoyed its fun Rain Room installation without ever getting wet. While most of us here in South Louisiana did not have that luxury, we are all very much acquainted with Nature’s slippery friend. After a few mind-numbing days of downpours, one simply must retreat to the clean, dry page.
Alas, even there rain-themed verse is to be had aplenty. But with the sheer beauty of such lines as “Rain opens us, like flowers, or earth that has been thirsty for more/than a season” from Harjo’s “It’s Raining in Honolulu” (full-text below), who would not want to have a good soak. Enjoy this poem and the four other selections before we move on to penning our own.
It’s Raining in Honolulu
by Joy Harjo
There is a small mist at the brow of the mountain,
each leaf of flower, of taro, tree and bush shivers with ecstasy.
And the rain songs of all the flowering ones who have called for the rain
can be found there, flourishing
beneath the currents of singing.
Rain opens us, like flowers, or earth that has been thirsty for more
than a season.
We stop all of our talking, quit writing or blowing sax to drink the
by the night rain.
We listen to the breathing beneath our breathing.
This is how we became rain.
Translated, this means a white flower behind your ear is saturated with
faith after the second overthrow.
We will plant taro where there were curses.
That’s such a gorgeous one. Hard to beat a women in tune with the earth! Next have a listen to Rodney Jones reading “Rain on Tin” (text accompanies). Then peruse:
Lawrence Raab‘s “Why It Often Rains in the Movies” from Visible Signs.
Ofelia Zepeda’s “Pulling Down the Clouds” from Ocean Power
Kenji Miyazawa’s “Strong in the Rain” from same-titled collection
And if that doesn’t get you in the mood to write something slick, trying mixing your own rain tract up over at NatureSoundsForMe. Or for those artists out there, try digging into the Singing and Dancing in Rain art prompt over at Milliane’s Creativity Club. You might like to use some of the images below for something similar to that one, or pull from the Rain art board on Pinterest.
But wait, I’m not done yet. How about a few rain-soaked poetry titles like…
Painting Rain from Paula Meehan
Rain When You Want Rain from Betsy Johnson-Miller OR
Rain’s Eagerness from Jim Sallis
I even have a draft that I’ve been playing with called “Games that Ogres Play”
Feel free to share your drafts as well. Comments are open, skippy-dee-do-dahs!!
Just bee-yoo-tiful! I wish I could combine image and words like that!
Carol Balawyder said:
What a lovely and fun post. 🙂