Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Types of Rain


1) in sifting from clouds to earth, turns to white balls,
striking children down like wrath
.
2) evaporates in the shimmy of the air
before they reach the sidewalk in July
.
3) causes older women to stay indoors in November,
draw back the curtain and sigh at the window
.
4) leaves sparse comet craters
in the dust between
rows of August corn
.
5) serves to cleanse the hands
despite what clings under the fingernails
.
6) falls on the face and offer no relief
.
7) spatters like a sprinkler in June
when everyone is in their bathing suits
out on the lawn
.
8) strikes solely and mythically on TV,
encouraging a tree to part a house,
a pole to blend violently with a car
.
9) taps on frozen wooden roofs
to remind you that you are
finally inside: warm, dry

3 comments:

Ernesto said...

Love it. Reminds me of a journal I once had, which I had titled: "The Phenomenology of Rain".

Excellent poetry & blogging. Thanks!

Tao Lin said...

i like the first and last ones the best

i like six too

i like one, six, and nine

i like one because i feel like the children are running away but succumbing and that the children actually die from this

i like children

Christine said...

Thanks Ernesto, I like your blog too!

Reader -- thanks for your comment, it sort of matched the tone of the poem.