Caught In The Rain

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Imagery in Poetry~Rubaiyat support  (posted by Jilly)


“The word Image is synonymous with Picture and makes us think of the Visual, as it should, but that is limiting. Imagery in literature is when we spark the reader’s senses – any of them – all of them! Imagery pulls the reader into the poem and allows them to feel as if they are there.

Imagery is an essential component in the Rubaiyat form, so let’s take a look at some examples of language that appeals to our physical senses.

You get the idea – appeal to the senses – all six of them. (Did she say ‘six?’) Yes I did and in fact, you can find all kinds of references to imagery that go beyond even that number, but I am going to limit it to six: 1.) Visual, 2.) Tactile/Touch, 3.) Olfactory/Smell, 4.) Taste, 5.) Auditory, and 6.) Kinesthetic.

The Kinesthetic sense is that which causes us to feel and sense motion. Think of that roller coaster, that time when you were sea-sick, or when you fell down the stairs as a child. We all recognize the dizzying feeling or the joy of motion, depending on the situation. Of course, employing kinesthesia can also be the experience of something other than ourselves in motion.”

First spritz of rain touched my face.
Looked up, sky was in rumble phase,
clouds loomed menacing and low.
Whirling wind blew; I picked up my pace.

Ran through summer grass, earth scent embraced.
Hair whiplashed cheeks. Where was that café?
Umbrellas collapsed, people scurried to and fro.
Ah, aroma of a steamy latte.

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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14 Responses to Caught In The Rain

  1. jillys2016 says:

    Nice use of imagery here! This is a scene we all know in some form and you drew us right into the middle. Love the embracing of the earth scent – all those smells of browns and greens. 🙂


  2. robtkistner says:

    Fine poem Sara! Really liked the final two lines of your first stanza – the power, the acceleration… very strong emotional impact!


  3. I love the humour in this! I could, indeed, picture everyone scrambling off the beach.


  4. Gina says:

    the rain and the coffee go sweetly together, love this Sara


  5. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like the description of people rushing into the cafe escaping the rain.


  6. merrildsmith says:

    I can imagine this scene so well. We’ve all been caught in the rain–and the scent of the earth in the summer rain.


  7. Alexander De says:

    No smell as good as rain and coffee. Your poem is like a French Impressionist painting.


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