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Dancing in the Rain.

Knock, knock
On the window.
Two fat raindrops
Calling me out.
Bang, bang, bang
Reinforcements arrive.
“Come out and play.”

Tries to pull me back
To the accounts
Waiting to be balanced
On the side of my desk.

I open the door
And the sky
Flashes its greeting
The battle is won
And out I go.

One step
And the rain pats
My bare shoulders.
Another step
And I sigh
Raising my face
To receive
The same caress.

Each drop
Washes another worry

Arms outstretched
Music starts to play
In my head
And my feet
Start to dance.

My clothes
Weigh me down
Clinging to my legs.
Off they come.

Spotlights my ever more
Frenetic moves.
Shouts in applause.

Crash, bang, crash,
Flash and boom.
The crescendo finally climaxes
And I leap into the lake.

Black envelopes me.
I allow myself to sink.
For a second enjoying death.
Lightning calls me back
And I burst to the surface again
Joyous to be alive.
Wonderfully, exquisitely

Submitted: Thursday, May 10, 2007
Edited: Thursday, February 24, 2011

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  • Siddharth Singh (8/5/2009 3:09:00 AM)

    well and truly exquisite.
    I give you a10.

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  • Jasmin Whyte (6/29/2009 4:54:00 PM)

    ooooooh yes! ! 10+

  • Laurie Hill (6/28/2009 1:23:00 PM)

    A freedom of dance and nature touched by the spirit of Isadora Duncan...loved it 10

  • Mel Vincent Basconcillo (4/9/2009 1:17:00 AM)

    very well worded and a celebration of life indeed

  • Naseer Ahmed Nasir (12/16/2008 4:45:00 AM)

    What a beautiful and spontaneous poem Sallie. I really enjoyed it and read it to my family sitting by fireplace in my living room while it was about to rain outside.

  • Kesav Easwaran (4/3/2008 2:26:00 AM)

    forget the Dark...
    the Lightninig is there to spot light you
    and to gift you more applause....
    good write, sallie

  • Paul Buttigieg (11/8/2007 2:31:00 AM)

    Someone said fantastic....I say sensational


  • Risha : Ahmed (6/25/2007 1:43:00 AM)

    Sallie, this is fantastic poem and I really do not use 'fantastic' very often.

  • Jerry Hughes (6/23/2007 1:58:00 AM)

    ...dancing in the rain, with my pants off I'm dancing in the rain. D-lightful!

  • Ivor Hogg (5/12/2007 7:22:00 PM)

    What else can yoiu in the rain but dance naked Bravo

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