[No. 4 from The Children’s Collection]
“Rain never understands why people hide under their umbrellas!
Let us make a surprise to the rain by closing our umbrellas!”
–Mehmet Murat Ildan
i'm not afraid of walking in the rain,
although some folk may grumble and complain;
i like to feel rain rhythms on my face,
as shoulder to shoulder to earth they race.
my brother showed me how to drink the rain
by lolling out my tongue, and how to crane
my neck until my face was parallel
with where the cool, refreshing raindrops fell.
my mother taught me how to seize the rain:
to catch it in my hand like liquid grain,
and smell the freshness of its faint cologne
before its perfume on the wind is gone.
my father taught me how to brave the rain
so that my clothes escape the water stain:
"just open your umbrella to the sky
and, underneath your tent, you'll keep quite dry!"
© Copyright 2023 November 16
by Clyve A. Bowen♫