variations on rain

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads
“Fifty Shades of Rain”  (posted by Toni)

“The Japanese have 50+ words for rain. Being Japanese their words for rain are seasonal, specific, and at times, extremely artistic. We westerners look at rain as rain – the same rain that falls in the morning is the same rain that falls at night. Right? Nope. In fact, they created a poetic form that addresses the changing of the seasons, the nature, and the now – the haiku. The melancholy felt when the seasons changed and the climate changes took place are part of their concept of mono no aware (mo-no no awah-ray) and mujo (transition or change).”

“Here are some of their words for rain for you. I do not expect you to use the Japanese word you have chosen to write about. But, I’d like for you all to write a poem about rain – light rain, misty rain, welcome rain (after a drought), or rain and dew mixed for example.”

yokoburi – driving rain

needle spikes of cold autumn
hard driving rain

enu – misty rain

fine spray in cool air
on a summer morning
rain of mist through fog

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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8 Responses to variations on rain

  1. kanzensakura says:

    I like your variations on rsin, going from one extreme to the other, both so very different!


  2. MrsBednar says:

    Fascinates me how rain can be harsh and soothing – just like you describe.


  3. Sherry says:

    I can feel those needle spikes of cold autumn!


  4. Jim says:

    Too bad we don’t have that cooling rain in the afternoon. We too here along the Texas get morning fog sometimes but always morning cloud cover until it burns off around ten or eleven.
    So of course I loved the second of the set.


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