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In the Language of the Rain

Updated on October 22, 2011

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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    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Rubenoff 

      6 years ago from United States

      Thank you, poet Petra :)

    • Petra Vlah profile image

      Petra Vlah 

      6 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

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Rubenoff 

      6 years ago from United States

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

    • Candie V profile image

      Candie V 

      6 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)..

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Rubenoff 

      6 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Eiddwen. Good to see you.

    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      Great balance of words and pictures.

      Take care and have a great day.

      Eiddwen.

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Rubenoff 

      6 years ago from United States

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

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Rubenoff 

      6 years ago from United States

      Thank you, JK!

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      Richard Francis Fleck 

      6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

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

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Rubenoff 

      6 years ago from United States

      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?

    • SilentReed profile image

      SilentReed 

      6 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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      TattooKitty 

      6 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!

    • Tony DeLorger profile image

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Nice style and a pleasant interlude. Thanks Tom.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 years ago from Canada

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

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