In the Language of the Rain

Fervent whisper

Indifferent yet somehow deferential

As if averted respect

Hushed applause

All-day ovation

Mirrors at my feet

The milk sky’s self reflection

Seen through treetops

And the occasional pedestrian

Me

Concentric

Rings widen to the edges

Here and there intersecting

Colliding in rippling scintillation

Subsiding in slow resolve

Retreating to mirror

Smooth

Shush

Say the wheels

Spinning at rush hour

Punctuated by the complex

Music of the airborne puddle

A fairy’s marimba

Played at lightning speed

The trees’ percussive accompaniment

A billion small flat soft green drums

With liquid drumsticks

Every moment a beat

An all-day jam session

Followed by extended applause

Hushed roar ovation

Indifferent yet somehow different

Secrets held deep

In the fervent whisper

Of the rain


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snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

Enjoyed your musical rain interlude, great photos too. Regards, snakeslane


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

Nice style and a pleasant interlude. Thanks Tom.


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TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

Gorgeous poem...I love the crisp and clean feel! Your use of alliteration and imagery makes this concise poem speak volumes! I also love how the beginning and end compliment each other so well- BRAVO!


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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

"In the fervent whisper of the rain"...communicating beyond conventional symbols or the spoken language. Reflective thoughts,in deep contemplation. A common center, concentric circle expanding....are we only pedestrians, earthbound? :)


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you for your comments :) I enjoyed writing the poem very much, yesterday's rain so engaging I had to write about it. Having to write about it - that's something we all share, isn't it?


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juneaukid 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

Terrific images as though the rain still falls not on land but in your poem.


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, JK!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Wow, Musical rain drops, the harmony was beautiful. Enjoyed.....


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

The complex music of rain. Thank you, Ruby :)


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Great balance of words and pictures.

Take care and have a great day.

Eiddwen.


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, Eiddwen. Good to see you.


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Candie V 5 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Ah Tom - the music of Autumn and Winter in the Pacific Northwest - constant companion of those of us forced to exit home for work, and greeted the minute we leave to go home.. and guaranteed to dissipate on Fridays only to reappear first thing Saturday! Oft caused (folks say) by people insisting on washing their cars (or in my case their school buses)..


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you Candie! The rain is a unique drummer on roof or vehicle.


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Petra Vlah 5 years ago from Los Angeles

This is beautiful; "collaiding in ripping scintillation" - "the trees percussive accompaniament" - I can see it, I can hear it, but most of all, I can feel it. Thank you Tom


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, poet Petra :)

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