C R Clark

(1946 / Arkansas)

A Slow, Cool Summer Rain


Ah, to lounge on a tin roof porch
As a slow, cool summer rain
Washes away the gathered dust
That seems to cover everything
The garden plants have wilted
From the stifling, summers heat
But, they all begin to liven up
As their roots, the raindrops reach
As the rain descends from heaven
And meets the roof of tin
Its rhythm soothes and comforts
With its slow hypnotic din
Like water slowly trickling
Down a creek bed over stones
The raindrops on the roof
Induce a soft euphoric tone
And then, one’s mind may wander
To another place and time
And as the rain continues falling
The earth is nourished and revived

Copyright C R Clark 3/19/2008

Submitted: Friday, March 21, 2008

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  • Kesav Easwaran (4/21/2009 11:24:00 AM)

    Summer rains have always fascinated my imagination...abrupt unexpected they arrive...and the 'fertile' smell associated with the washed away dust, as this poem beautifully pictures, summer rains always arouse an eerie feel inside the mind...wonderful write, Richard...i liked...10 (Report) Reply

  • James Foulk (5/31/2008 6:11:00 PM)

    a summer rain is so nice. after a long heat wave, then the rains come. this was a great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Loyd C. Taylor, Sr. (5/27/2008 12:17:00 PM)

    Hello partner and wow, what a refreshing poem. It won't be long until we will see this replay itself in the South. Blesings, LC (Report) Reply

  • Susan Witman (5/21/2008 6:17:00 PM)

    Very good. As I was reading I only tripped on one word but not because it's a bad choice just that it is one I am less familiar with. The imagery is very well presented. Nice job. (Report) Reply

  • Sonny Rainshine (5/10/2008 6:25:00 PM)

    I'm a summer person and look forward to the intense heat of summer. Winter lingered here in southwestern Ohio and spring is taking its time yielding to summer this year. Henry James once said that the most beautiful words in the English language are: summer afternoon. I like summer storms and the sound of rain on tin roofs. You've captured the feel of a summer day here and the soothing sounds rain makes on surfaces. Nicely written poem. Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Andrew Blakemore (4/17/2008 2:31:00 PM)

    I loved this piece, I think you have a certain Frost-like style and he's one of my favourite poets. Top marks. Andrew (Report) Reply

  • Thad Wilk (3/30/2008 4:17:00 PM)

    Hi Richard! ! Here in Texas we appreciate A Slow, Cool Summer Rain! ! ! *10*! !
    Best Wishes! Friend Thad (Report) Reply

  • Duncan Wyllie (3/22/2008 3:40:00 PM)

    Absolute quality, I think that you may appreciate Ernestine Northover and Andrew Blakemore

    Thankyou for sharing this fine write

    Love duncan X (Report) Reply

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