thunder rain

hard dark sky

trees braced motionless

in sewer air

lightning flashes thunder rolls

winds roar in a summer storm


I’ve realized lately that I rarely write about the rain. Then I read ‘Fifty shades of rain’ by Toni Spencer at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads and decided to notice the next rainfall more closely. The storm came tonight. Apparently there are more than 50 words in Japanese for different types of rain.

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Les Parapluies (Umbrellas)

Photographic reproduction of oil painting by Renoir, 1886, in the public domain

an umbrella sky

scalloped curves of blue

my empty basket

open to the day

It may rain

on our ‘parapluies’

our shelters held in hands

to lift in summer winds

to paint a second heaven

fine brushes of a town

bustling in the open air


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A quadrille for dVerse’s Quadrille #57: Don’t rain on my parade!