The Rain Came

A Note to Friends

This was written for our lovely mutual friend, RainWoman, also known as Paula by many of her friends here on HP, among other things. LOL. She's very versitile, isn't she?

Anyway, I am in the middle of putting together my first CreateSpace project, thanks to the encouragement of some of you lovely folks here online and some offline. Her feedback was characteristically motherly or more like a life's mentor. That's quite alright by me. Especially since I know her to say what she means and to mean it when she does. Who wouldn't appreciate encouragement like that?

In addition to the general feedback about the collection of poetry I'm including, I believe she said something about wanting to see more poetry from the woman who knows she can. So, I wrote this one to include at least one more uplifting and hopefully inspiring poem in that particular collection.

I hadn't intended to publish it here on HP. However, I have found that it also reminds me of people like Maria, who thinks of her mother when ever she thinks about rain and whose collection of poems and stories is titled The Rain and Everything. (Incidentally, she can be credited for the title of the collection I'm about to publish as well because I loved her suggestion and went with it.) And Martie. . .I just got through leaving a comment on one of her hubs that this particular poem seems to sum up.


Rain in Amsterdam
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The Rain Came

It fell hard and heavy, the storm

Until I thought it might swallow me whole

Before it took on a new form

The rain came softly then, and it cleansed my soul

Ever so gently it washed the dirt away

Now a better, stronger me remains

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whonunuwho 2 months ago from United States

Your emotional message is well received and understood my friend. whonu


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, whonu. Glad it's well received.


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fpherj48 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

You have really taken me by surprise Little Miss Shan! I thank you. It's not often someone does such sweet things for me (except for my own family).......and it means a lot to me. I'll treasure this poem...and think of you whenever it rains. I know you didn't know this, but I LOVE rain storms. Excellent choice! Hugs, Paula


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

If I caught you by surprise, Paula, I'm glad it's a good one! I love a good rain storm, too, actually. Some of my favorite memories with family and friends involve thunderstorms or rain. And a not so pleasant one, actually, but that's only because it was a bit terrifying and I was caught in a flash flood between two bridges with nowhere to go. A good rain storm could also put me to sleep. Very relaxing. Or excellent reading weather, too.


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manatita44 2 months ago from london

Beautiful!

Have you read my poetic rain fiction? Recently published. I am planning an Ode to it.

Yours is quite cool. Metaphorically speaking.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Hi, manatita. I think I know which hub you are talking about. I recall seeing it now come through my news feed the other day. I haven't read it yet, but I plan to.


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billybuc 2 months ago from Olympia, WA

Well I hope your first experience with CreateSpace goes as well as mine have for me. Best wishes, and if you need any help on that site, let me know.


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Dana Tate 2 months ago from LOS ANGELES

This was beautiful Shanmarie. Simple- short- exquisite.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Bill! Right now, the thing driving me razy the most is using word. Why do things have to change so much? LOL. Back in the day, I knew how to use that program and was quite proficient at it. Now, it's all new and supposedly improved by several versions and I can't figure out how to do half of the things I want without some trial and error and looking around the gadgets and widgets and what-have-yous. I want to start the page numbers on a particular page and it's starting on the title page instead. And before the actual page numbers, I wanted to do roman numerals for the index pages instead of actual page numbers, but if I do that, it does the entire thing in roman numerals and I can't figure out how to get it to stop at a certain point to switch over. At least I think I have the formatting correct. LOL


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Exquisite? Wow, thank you. I appreciate that, Dana.


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MsDora 2 months ago from The Caribbean

I love the reference to rain cleansing the soul. I love to be at home during a heavy downpour. It's the safest I ever feel.


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 months ago from New Delhi, India

Beautifully expressed poem! Rain indeed cleanses our soul ~How symbolic!

Thanks for sharing!


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks, MsDora. I like the sound of rain on the roof when I'm going to sleep.

So typical of me, but I suddenly have all kinds of songs in my head that speak about rain as a good thing.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Symbolic indeed, Chitrangada. That's my intention. Literal rain. Symbolic rain. Neither one of them are completely bad, if there are any bad elements at all. There's always something good and cleansing after or during the rain.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Okay, Paula. . .I may not have known how much you love rain. BUT I do know how much you love Home Free. LOL. So that's the video I just went back and added. . .although, I've got a ton of good songs about rain in my head. I'd put them all, but then HP would probably lable this hub as substandard too. LOL


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fpherj48 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

YaaaaaaaaaaaHoooooooooooo! Thank you! Love LOVE LOVE Home Free!!..............Smiling from ear to ear.....


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Hahaha. Good!!!!


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Larry Rankin 2 months ago from Oklahoma

Always entertaining, friend.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Larry!


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FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

This is stellar. Absolutely beautiful and symbolic.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Hi, Flourish. Thanks so much.


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Venkatachari M 2 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Beautiful poem, Shan! I also love rain. I enjoy wetting in it when it is light and enjoy watching it from my windows when it is heavy with fierce winds. Just today morning, I went to the temple in a light rain. On Saturday also the same thing happened. It really cleanses our soul and brings some pleasant experience.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Hello, Venkatachari. I'm glad that you enjoyed this poem. There's something awe-inspiring about even the fierceness of a thunderstorm. I'm the kind of person who used to run to the window to see if I could see a funnel cloud. I drove my sister nuts, particularly when we were home alone and she was terrified. One time she wanted me to go get in a ditch with her because there was no other shelter where we lived alone together. I told her I was going back to sleep and rolled over. LOL. She spent the rest of the night a nervous wreck. Another time before that, we still lived with my parents but they were both still at work. She wanted to flip a big heavy couch over to take cover and I was lookign out the window. She wasn't doing anything to try to help anyway, so I got all sarcastic with her and told her, "Sure, I'll flip it over all by myself because I'm Super Woman. Then you can hide under it." I was such a mean big sister when it came to storms.

But perhaps one of my favorite rain memories is with a childhood best friend of mine. I was over at her house on the roof. The winds whipped up so much that we knew we had to get down. However, we were enjoying watching the clouds roll in. They were tumbling over each other like waves on the ocean. We ran down the road after we got off the roof to keep watching, but when we turned back around to see, a huge wall of rain was coming right for us. It was awesome, and I mean that in the literal sense of the word.


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Faith Reaper 2 months ago from southern USA

I'm so thrilled for you, Shan!

I did not realize Paula is also RainWoman : ) ...beautiful, symbolic poem.

Reminds me of that song ..."Healing Rain" that I used in my poem to my granddaughter when she broke her arm and had nerve damage.

Peace and blessings


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Venkatachari M 2 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Shan, it is very thrilling knowing about your experiences during childhood. We probably experienced the same excitements and enjoyments with rain and thunderstorms.

During my childhood, the whole streets used to fill with neck-deep waters (as I was aged 6 or 7 years at that time). Our house was at a much-elevated height. Sitting there, we could touch the waters and play with paper boats. The wells used to get filled with overflowing waters and we could take the water simply by putting the mug into it. They are wonderful memories.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Hello, Theresa. My calling her RainWoman was just a joke to her about something she said to me. However, I do think it could fit her and be a well-deserved title, considering her desire to see others be the best version of themselves.

Oh, yes, I remember that hub now that you mention it.

I just said to someone earlier tonight that sometimes I need to ask myself what I would tell someone else going through something and then tell that to myself when I am going through it or watching someone else. That feeling of complete powerlessness and able to do nothing but watch it all unfold is not fun. But worrying won't help.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Oh my, Venkatachari. I can't imagine waters around my home. Whenever it floods like that here, it's not a good thing. I almost imagine your childhood home on an island surrounded by beautiful blue waters. The only time we played in deep rain waters growing up was down the street from my home where it flooded in one particular spot. And once when my aunt got in the ditch to play with us at my grandma's house. But I wouldn't allow my kids to do that here because when it's raining hard enough to flood, it's swift moving water that would carry them off.


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Venkatachari M 2 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Our home was near the sea shore but probably 5 km away from sea shore in Chennai city. It was somewhere around 1959 or 1960. The storms were so horrible that sea waters entered into the whole city flooding low-lying areas almost. I didn't enter the waters. The waters touched the elevated floor of our house's entrance platform. We sat there and played with those waters throughout the day. They told it occurred after many years like that. Normally they used to fill only up to a level of one foot above the ground during rains in that locality. But, the wells used to get filled up each year during the rainy season for entire one month even though they had the protection of more than a three feet wall around them.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Wow. What memories.


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Sunshine625 2 months ago from Orlando, FL

We have another tropical storm blanketing FL so I am being drawn to poems and songs about rain. You nailed it!

I hired a fabulous friend to assist me with createspace...if you want his name let me know via email! Good luck! :)


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

I saw that on the news. It's been awhile since I've been in tropical storm or hurricane rain. They definitely dump a lot of it on a place.

Thanks for the info, Linda. I might take you up on that offer and send an email. Right now, the page numbering thing is all that's driving me insane. Can't I just wave my magic wand and have it all be done? LOL


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Sunshine625 2 months ago from Orlando, FL

Ha! Oh, I wished for that magic wand many, many times.


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MartieCoetser 2 months ago from South Africa

Yes, rain comes in all styles, and most of the time we don't have an umbrella at hand :) I'm glad you have survived the storm :)


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

I'm a survivor, Martie! Always have been. There are numerous storms throughout life. Some are worse than others and most of them are relatively easy to just roll with the punches as they come. It's a roller coaster ride, I guess. Up and down and usually good if we focus on the good. I don't suppose I have any major personal storms in my lifIe right now. Just riding out watching others go through them and for now, my part is minimal within them. I just hope that if I end up with some sort of major role in that mess, it helps for the good. Time will tell.

In the meantime - I"m sitting here on my bed and I just looked up to see a bird on my air conditioner just outside the window. I do enjoy the little thrills like that. It looked right at me. Of course, the cat thought it was dinner and scared it off.


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marcoujor 2 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Beautiful words inspired by a truly lovely lady in our Paula.

The song is a perfect choice too.


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AudreyHowitt 2 months ago from California

Just stunning!!


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Hi, Maria. Thank you for your kind words. Glad you liked the song, too. I couldn't really hear all of it because my internet connection sucks and it kept cutting out, but it sounded nice from the little I heard. LOL. And I knew Paula would like it.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas Author

Gee, thanks for that, Audrey!

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