Rainy Morning

Subdued walking bundled in hood and cap

Beneath drooping trees of happy greenness

Rivulets running downhill underfoot

Rain's rush hushing earthward at an angle

Few wait for the trolley at six on a Friday

Three's a crowd at the trolley shelter

Trolley takes its time

Out of the rain into the hole

Fifteen minutes and three miles later

I climb the stairs out to Copley Square

Sidewalks puddled construction obstructed

Wet everywhere including the air

Every step I take is Kung Fu balance

My next move like a knife in my pocket

I never forget this is the city

Because I am not a target pal

It occurs to me that these mocassins

Are just not waterproof anymore

In the station closed convenience store

Saves me from the lottery today

Avoiding the homeless I descend

Catch the train and pretend

To ride to where there is no more rain

Deserted former industrial park

Puddles and idle construction machines

Empty acres that were to be a mall

Mile of chain link fence beneath gray sky

Half-torn-up parking lot and a line of pines

Beyond the tracks is a wildlife preserve

Where presumably there is wildlife to observe

Be nice to take the day and do that

Arriving at work hang my wet jacket and hat

Coffee and oat meal in the same cup

At different times

Friday, Rover

Day of waiting to be over

Rain and train and home

Monday do it all again

Maybe rain, too, then

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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Excellent poem as always, Tom!


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thank you Cindy!


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Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

Tom, get new moccasins! This is a picture in words. It puts me in mind of a painting by Ruskin Spear I once saw, of a rainy, misty beach. Life's not perfect. Sometimes it's boring, repetitive, disappointing, damp. But it's still life, and it's still worth celebrating, and this poem does that beautifully.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, so much, Amanda! Yes, I definitely need new moccassins. Is there somewhere online to see Ruskin Spear's painting?


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Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

This isn't the exact one I had in mind, but it has a similar feel;

http://images.bridgeman.co.uk/cgi-bin/bridgemanIma...

I like Ruskin Spear. He paints things as they are, warts and all.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Felt so trapped and hopeless. Desire to fly, but wet mocassins keeping reality in front of my eyes. Tom, you painted me a great picture today. Thank you!


JJ (pachuca213) 7 years ago

I truly loved this....it was very descriptive and lovely!


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, Amanda! I will check it out.

Thank you, Candie, for the great compliments.

Thanks, JJ, glad you liked!


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shibashake 7 years ago

Wow Tom - great imagery. Hope you have a very relaxing weekend with lots of cuddles and romantic comedies :)


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, Shibashake. It's nice to have a couple days off. A romantic comedy sounds good!


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Kushal Poddar 7 years ago from Kolkata,India

"Three's a crowd at the trolley shelter" you can choose few words and take us through a journey of life. Great.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, Kushal, for joining me on this rainy morning.


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

I always look forward to your poems, Tom. This is definitely a favorite! I quite enjoyed my morning walk in the rain with you. Loved the images! Glad you're over your writers block =D


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

I wish I had known, Frieda, I would have bought you a coffee. Thank you


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Nice one! So atmospheric and vivid, it was like wacthing a snippet from a movie! :D


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, Chris!


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

I agree with Cris, it was as if reading a scripted scene. It is just that, the monotonous of life. Just moving about is almost like moving without thinking sometimes. Knowing the same thing will happen next Monday. I enjoyed this one as well, Tom.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Glad you like, AIDY!


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean

What a lovely moody piece. It made me cozy, but then I like the rain, I sense from this that you don't, so much. Lovely poem Tom.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States Author

Thank you, Ms. Behavior. I don't mind the rain so much. It's work that bothers me! LOL


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

You certainly painted a wet and soggy picture with your words of that particular workday in the rain. Almost felt as though I should grab an umbrella! Well done!


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you for bringing me back here. :)

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