Precious Rain

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By: Wayne Brown



Sometimes you can smell it coming on the wind

Riding on the dusty, dry air to wet the lands again

Rain…Precious Rain

The coolness you feel just before the first drops descend

The familiar sounds you hear as the showers begin

Rain




The synchronic rhythm of the drops on a roof of tin

Awake in the dark, hoping that it won’t soon end

Rain…Precious Rain

Running drops down the glass of a window pane

Woven fluid webs in a constant state of change

Rain




A soothing bath to cleanse the earth clean of its stains

A renewal of life’s hope; a breaker of draught’s chains

Rain…Precious Rain

For some, a season, for others an answer to a prayer

For all, a gift from the heavens, carried on the air

Rain






Man cries out for it when draught preys upon the land

Praying, dancing, witching, doing anything he can

Rain…Precious Rain

To save his crops, his family, his home and his life

To quench the thirst, wash the dust, and end the strife

Rain






Oh what a precious thing it is; something God must deem

To nourish all that is His; bringing new life to all things

Rain…Precious Rain

Dampening the vastness of mankind and calming to his fears

A loving gift from the heavens as precious as God’s tears

Precious Rain




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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Rain really is precious. We had not had any for over a week and when it poured down yesterday I felt like a new woman. Even the birds seemed to sing brighter and the grass seemed to sigh. Your tribute to rain is beautiful.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Here in Wisconsin we got a lot of rain in the Spring that made it hard for farmers to plant. I know last year in at least part of Texas there was not enough rain.


TimBryce 5 years ago

Nicely done Wayne. I can hear you speaking the words.

All the Best,

Tim


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

We've had drought breaking rain in vast areas of Australia. Floods loss of life, homes, businesses. infrastructure and hope for many people. The main dam supplying us here in Melbourne was down to 16 %, it's now up in the forties. The massively expensive de-sal plant under construction is redundant for the time being, but still has to be paid for. Maybe it will have some use once we've had another few dry years. It's showery here at the moment and i've got to point up a bluestone wall, not an exciting prospect. You've put a nice soft spin on this topic, must dash. See you


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Absolutely beautiful! The rhythm, rhyme, format . . . Perhaps you were a meteorologist in a former life. Ha! Your weather-related hubs are always wonderful.

And your timing is perfect -- it is truly storming here. And all the senses are working - seeing the raindrops run down the windows, hearing the patter on the roof, delicious earthy smells . . .

Now if we can just keep the crazies off the road!


Becky 5 years ago

This is beautiful. It rained last night, which would have been wonderful, but I left the windows down on the van and had to run out to roll them up. I got soaked. It sure cooled it down here, dropped the humidity some. Hot and drier today.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Hypenbird...I remember as a child hearing adults say they could smell the rain coming. In those days, that was the first indication that maybe the weather was about the change...that smell fo wet, dusty dampness in the wind...I still love that smell. WB

@dahoglund...I guess there's alway too much of anything, DA. I may have gotten carried away out here in this Texas heat! LOL! WB

@TimBryce...If I can get my record stuff going, you'll be able to hear my words...trying some new software to see if that helps. WB

@Truckstop Sally...Looks like I showed up just in time. I had a real urge to write this one and actual set another piece aside to work on it as it did not seem to wait to await its birth! LOL! Thanks much. WB

@attemptedhumor...You guys are living with effects of both end of the extremes...not the most desireable situation to be in but you Aussies have handled tougher! LOL! WB


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Becky...I was just dreaming about a nice rain when I wrote this...according to the reports I can keep on dreaming...Thanks much! WB


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

With all that is going on in the world today, Wayne, rain may very well BE God's tears. Thanks for this exceptionally beautiful poem.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@drbj...Thanks much, Doc...that is an excellent assessment of the situation...I had not thought about it in that light but it makes sense. WB


Becky 5 years ago

If you want some rain, you can have one of these thunderstorms. We are having them every other night and my dog is afraid of thunder. I have scratches all over my neck where he landed in my lap and in a panic scratched me up with his front feet.


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quester.ltd 5 years ago

I can feel the rain just reading your words. Being a desert rat, I know the long time between the drops of the precious rain.

voted up and awesome

q


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Wayne, I remember that and sometimes can still smell it. It is the scent of ionized air and the change of moisture on the dry air. Not to promote my own work but my poem The Fragrance of Stones talks about this if you are interested in the subject.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

My apologies Wayne. I just remembered that I pulled that poem to be published elsewhere. It is about the scent that wafts up when a raindrop first touches stones.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

WB - I love the poem as always:). I heard Texas did get some rain - I hope it was in your neck of the woods;).

I love the rain, the way it smells just before and after. (I live next to a corn field and I can always smell the scent of the earth just after a good rain - Sweet:)


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Melbourne and its surrounds is one of the more stable areas. We had a point four volcanic eruption a few days ago, but i didn't notice it. It's monsoonal in northern Australia, with more erratic weather. Melbourne has a great climate, four seasons where it's a bit cold for about six weeks in mid winter. (now) And very hot for the same period in the summer. Otherwise it's great. I'm off to the UK in Nov for my dad's ninetieth birthday, so i'll need my winter woolies for that. Cheers


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I love your poem, I love the rain and I love the fat that lately every day here ends with a little storm.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

We could sure use it here in the DFW Metroplex...all we have is just a lot of heat and humidity. Our Shih Tsu is also scared by thunder...was not that way until she was about 3 years old. Send that rain on over! LOL! WB

@quester.ltd....I watched some of the footage on the Phoenix dust storm yesterday and that made me wish for rain even more! Thanks much! WB

@Hypenbird...I would love to read it if you figure out where it is...LOL! Thanks for the good words. WB

@RealHousewife...There was a bit of rain to the east and a few showers down around Houston but we seemed to be cursed here in the DFW area for now. The weatherman says the chance is less than a chance through the weekend with temps projected up to 103....sounds like I'll be naked on the sofa! LOL! WB

@attemptedhumor...Yes, dust off those woolies as they will feel good in that dank British air. I spent a bit of time in England in the 70's. The fog was absolutely amazing...thick enough to hide an entire airplane when one is only 20 to 30 feet away. Hope you have a good trip! WB

@breakfastpop...I think that is the way it would be in Paradise...a little afternoon storm everyday just to cool everyone off for the big dance that night! LOL! WB


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samiaali 5 years ago

Hi WB, This was such a beautiful poem. I, too, love the rain and your poem really described why! :)


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@samiaali...Right now, I feel like a "stranger to the rain" as it has been a while since I have seen any...that will make it all the better when it does show up. Thanks much. WB


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quester.ltd 5 years ago

WB - we are still digging out of the damage from the storm - took the roof off one barn and the goat house is now on it's last legs! So far two trailer loads to the dump with tree limbs with at least that much more to go - oh, well! There was rain that came with the storm - lots of it (takes the roof off and then fills the buckets with water = much mud LOL.)

The trees that are still standing are looking good and happy with the water - the damaged trees with grow back and no one was hurt so all is good.

q


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@quester.ltd...I guess every cloud has its silver lining huh? Glad to hear that all is good. WB


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Wayne, you’ve described rain so vividly I could smell it! Rain, precious rain, makes life on earth possible.


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

Lovely, Wayne - having been in Seattle for 23+ years, I am so familiar with rain that I actually miss it. People wondered how we could stand living there but I found the rain so peaceful and so lovely. I get a warm fuzzy feeling here in Central Oregon where we have 300 days of sun per year (usually) when it rains. I grab a book and hunker down to remember the feelings you describe so well!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@MartieCoetser...Thank you, I was hoping to be able to capture the emotions and such of it. WB

@akirchner...Thanks so much, Audrey. I lived in Lacey for about five years. The rain around there could get dangerously depressing at times. I traveled a lot to Yakima where they too had about 300 days of sunshine on the east side of the Cascades...it was a nice get away. WB


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

WB - the humidity has been terrible here too. It's naturally hotter up stairs so I haven't had a good night of sleep for days it feels like. It's too hot to sleep good - I swear my eyes hurt today from lack of sleep. It's a good lazy Sunday though and I am grateful for that!!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@RealHousewife...Yes, it is almost unbearable down here and we have another full week of it to look forward to without the promise of rain. The plants are struggling to hang on even with daily watering and it is too uncomfortable to be outside and enjoy life. I am spending my weekend on the sofa, under the fan, watching baseball! LOL! WB


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Sounds perfect! I'm just laying around playing on the iPad and watching Sunday t.v. Is super sweet! This is called making the best of it I suppose - the AC is on low too.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@RealHousewife...sounds like an ideal day to me...except maybe for the sound of rain on the roof! LOL! WB


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

What would we do without the RAIN we need it to cleanse everything including our souls. For without it our spirits are dampened beyond recognition. We thrive on water, our bodies ebb and flow with the shifting of the tides, water is our constant, life blood and we need it to survive.

For without it we would perish like the dust on the plains. Sweet water, bring it on, let it pour and lets keep dancing in the rain. Bravo, well done my friend.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@saddlerider1...my sentiments exactly Ken. I read Nellieanna's reply to you and I tend to agree with her as well. There is a responsibility to those who have been loyal followers to continue to feed their interest. It's really not all about us anymore as it might have been in the beginning. WB


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Yes I am fully aware of that my friend. I have to understand that it took some time to gather a loyal following and there are so many who mean so much to me and it would be a pity to leave as suddenly as I appeared.

My poetry has reached many souls and the feedback I've received has been immeasurable. I respect that and thus cast my lot and will remain to see where this site goes. One must remember this is a business not unlike most, the bottom line is important to stay afloat and if changes are necessary and it works for them, then by all means they will do their utmost to make it work for their members.

So my loyal and dedicated friend, we both remain, we both enjoy each others scribes and many others, so let us remain steadfast and loyal to our friends. Blessings to you and yours..


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@saddlerider1...you took the words right out of my mouth, Ken...thank you! WB


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Well look at the bright side - at least you'll never have to worry about a leaky roof!


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@RealHousewife...How so very true. Our days are past watching the shingles melt! LOL! WB


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

We finally had a nice evening - low humidity and everything last night! We invited all the neighborhood kids over - I made REAL popcorn and we showed the movie "The Great Outdoors" on the projector outside! It was SO fun!! Ahhhh longing for fall:)


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@RealHousewife...When Obama gets through taxing the rich, you won't have that outdoor projector anymore! LOL! Sounds like great fun...wish me and the Little Penguin chardonnay could have been there! WB


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

When Obama gets done I'm so afraid to think of where I might end up. With a tin can and some matches for sale!

Now adding you to the party - would be so fun! Wed have been chillaxin! Lol

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