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Rain's Contemplation

Updated on December 9, 2014

By: Wayne Brown

Rain drips slowly from the roof’s edge

Down on flowers and into the hedge

Morning sun climbs unseen up in the sky

As rain clouds linger then slide on by

An overcast day with a steady, rainy drizzle

Eggs fry in the pan; the bacon begins to sizzle

A no-hurry day with no place to really go

A time to just sit and watch it rain ever so slow

Raindrops on window panes mark their trail

Droplets trickle down from the front porch rail

No sunshine this morning; maybe not the afternoon

No stopping this rainy drizzle; not anytime soon

Coffee on the screened porch; dampness in the air

Thoughts come and go; at nothing particular I stare

Just watching it rain in my quiet contemplation

Feeling the cleansing, renewing, life sensation

There’s no sound except the rain coming down

Touching things; forming puddles on the ground

All things wait in the silence of their station

Not desiring to break this quiet contemplation

The low noise increases; the rain comes down hard

A dynamic incessant beat like the rhythm of the bard

Beating a rhythmic message for all species to hear

A time of reflection; a time for the mind to clear

A gray day wrapped in rainy, drizzling clouds

A pace not so quick; a sound not too loud

A reflective, contented moment; a temporary thing

In preparation for what tomorrow yet may bring

©Copyright WBrown2011. All Rights Reserved. (9/26/2011)


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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Genna East...So glad I could find a subject that arouses your emotions and senses. That always makes a verse so much better for the reader. Thank you! WB

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      Genna East 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Wayne, this is of the best poems you have ever written. I love the rain for so many of the reasons you have stated here so eloquently. It not only refreshes the earth, but our spirit and our senses as well in so many ways. Up, beautiful and much more. :-)

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @cashmere...Thank you for taking the time to read it and comment. I appreciate it. WB

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      7 years ago from India

      Your poem is very rich in imagery. I can literally see the rain as you describe it. Beautiful.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @LuxmiH....Thank you, your kind words humble me. I hope to share my wrtings for a long time. WB

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @RealHousewife...Thank you. Rain can make the traffic more stressful...especially if idiots are around and they usually are. Glad you have a better situation and are back to liking the rain. We are getting a little here and there but not nearly enough right now...fantasizing is correct! LOL! WB

      @breakfastpop...Rainy days do have their appeal...especially down here! WB

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      7 years ago

      I love this poem and I love a rainy day. I feel peaceful and content. Up beautiful and awesome.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      WB - I do love rainy days - and knowing Texas isn't getting much I kept wondering if you were fantasizing about getting all that rain! Lol. Are you on an area where you've gotten rain lately? When I had to work outside the home I hated rain - the traffic here can be terrible and in rain - you know leaving early was a must. Now that my office is home - I love the rainy days again. Just reminds me that I can enjoy NOT driving in it!

      Lovely poem cowboy:)

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      Luxmih Eve-Lyn Forbes 

      7 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

      You are such an amazingly well-rounded communicator. You are indeed blessed with great talent.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Cousin Fudd...Thank you! Love that tractor...looks like an old Farmall M or Super M. WB

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      Cousin Fudd 

      7 years ago

      Great poem Wayne

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @thelyricwriter...Thank you. Having lived over five years in the Seattle area, I know how it can be when you are stuck in one aspect of the climate. It can be depressing even though the sun is shining. It is a very insidious form of depression as well. I love the change and I always anticipate the coming of the rain...the smell of the wet dust...lots going on there. WB

      @sonia05...Thanks so much. If you like this one, I think there are many more here for you much like it. There's also some fiction as well. Enjoy...and thanks for the great comments. WB

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      7 years ago from india

      This is absolutely beautiful! I feel drenched in your lovely words and feel the essence of your poem. I really like your writing style which is just awesome!!

      great to find you here and looking forward to read more of your hubs!!

      thanks for sharing. votedup!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Wayne, such a great poem. You are a professional when it comes to writing. When I moved to Arizona, I hated the fact that it never rained. It was a factor in my choice to move back to West Virginia. I like the seasons and the rain. 350+ days of constant sun just isn't for me. Well written!

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @thebluestar...I think everything stops for a bit to hear the rain...humans ,birds, even the noise of traffic seem to be soften by it. It is as if God is "shushing" us all. Thanks much! WB

      @writinginalaska...No, not Juneau, but I did live for seven years near Seattle...that was a bit much on the rainy side for me. Thanks for the visit! WB

      @Poetic Fool...That is exactly the notion I wanted to prevail schedule, no rush, just going with the flow of the rain in a quiet harmony. WB

      @saddlerider1...Well, I am afterall surrounded by talent in folks like yourself. I have a lot of folks offering me inspiration with comments just such as yours. I am so glad this verse could take you there with its message. WB

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @50 Caliber...Great story, Dusty. Glad I could bring those memories to you and hopefully they will return each time you read this verse. I appreciate the good words. WB

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @JamaGenee...Thank you! My wife is an Okie hailing from the town of Dewey near Bartlesville. Right now, everything south of the Red River is burning up or dry enough to burn if the fire shows up. We woul welcome a rainy day or two any time now! WB

      @Seeker7...There is that "mood" which comes with a soft drizzling rain. I wanted to capture that feeling here. I hope that I did. WB

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Silver Poet...Glad I could recreate the experience in verse for you! Thanks much! WB

      @Truckstop Sally...You are so right...rain down here in our world is much too rare for me and we cherish it greatly when it shows up...a gray rainy day sounds pretty good in this draught of ours. Thanks, Amy. WB

      @attemptedhumor...A nice rainy day and no work...not all bad but I suppose it could go on too long, huh? Thanks much. WB

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @writer20...Thank you, I wanted to capture that feel that I have experience on days as such. WB

      @marellen...Thank you, I am so glad I could bring the experience to mind in verse for you. WB

      @drbj...This poem even reads better on a gray rainy day, Doc. Even those days come with some good aspects. WB

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      7 years ago

      Speechless my friend, you had me running between the rain drops. I loved the feeling, the smells, the sounds, the rain coming down and forming puddles as you say. Your imagery is perfect. I felt I was there right beside you on the porch listening and watching. You weaved your magic once more, there is no limit to your talent as not only a fiction writer, but alas a poet with brilliant words.The added Video topped it like stawberries on top of the ice-cream.

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      Poetic Fool 

      7 years ago

      Wayne, this was great with wonderful imagery. Makes me want to sit and read (or write) all day with a hot cup of coffee at hand.

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      7 years ago from southeast Alaska

      have you been spending quality time in Juneau by any chance Wayne where we get upwards of 90 inches of rain a year? I loved this piece, but sometimes I look in the mirror and check for new growth of gills haha. Lvh

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      Annette Donaldson 

      7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Beautiful vision Wayne. As ever your writing touches my heart. I love the idea of watching the rain as the bacon sizzles in the pan. I can hear them complement each other as playing in a symphony of emotions.

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      50 Caliber 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      Wayne, I'm searching for the Kudos this exceptional verse deserves. I love a good slow rain. It will be a full year in a month or so that while hunting, I had camp set from a 4x4 trailer that the top folds out into a queen size bed and a 10x12 foot floored side room with a rain fly over the top that directs the run off away from the unzipped walls keeping it dry as long as no winds rise. It drizzled for two days. I stayed propped up in the bed with three Rottweilers and you just captured the whole experience of delight in verse and you were not even there! I had my lap top and penned my hub about Noah and the Apaches. It was a great couple of days to just sit and enjoy, listening to the sounds of the tree sitting birds and pitter patter that lulled me into a peaceful state of "just being", no worries, the perfect storm. I'll never understand those who say they hate the rainy days and find them gloomy, as I find them a fine way to take pause and give thanks while relaxing every tense item of life. Even the dogs knew it was time to burrow in a stay silent. The only excitement was firing up the Colman lanterns and stove for cooking breakfast for dinner, then a trip outside to take care of business and drying off dogs before letting them back up in the bed. Anyway, too much said?

      I'm going to print and punch holes for my binder of great writings to carry along for re-reading maybe on another rainy day in the tent this fall.




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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      This is beautiful!

      I might be odd, but I love the rain! I find it not only refreshing but soothing. And yes, there is a calm and quiet that comes with the rain - a time indeed for contemplation.

      Voted up + beautiful. I really loved this piece of work!

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      Joanna McKenna 

      7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Ditto to what attemptedhumour said, Wayne, and add that ou captured perfectly the essence of a lazy, rainy day. Living in your neighbor-state of OK, you'll understand when I say I'll be bookmarking this hub to read again whenever I forget what such a day is like. ;D

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      7 years ago from Australia

      Yes you've covered all the bases here buddy. It's forecast rain here tomorrow, which means no work for me. Brilliant! and so is your poem. Cheers

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      Rain seems like a forbidden elixer -- because it is so rare this season in my town. Can't wait to smell the earthy fragrance and hear the light (or hard) drops on the roof. I love to watch the drops form rivers on the windows -- wondering which route they will take as they run down and down.

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      Silver Poet 

      7 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      You've just described all the things I like about a rainy day. :)

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      So realistic, Wayne, I could see the rain through my windows. No time for contemplation as I had to run to close them. We've had a number of "gray days wrapped in rainy, drizzling clouds." Regardless, your verse was outstanding.

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      7 years ago

      I love the rain and you captured all its essences. Beautiful job Wayne...

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      7 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great read all about a rainy day. up/beautiful


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