Rainy Day

Started out with a mist in the air
Sky the color of the squirrels
that scamper in my backyard
pausing to eat a seed or collect an acorn.

turned to a drizzle,
drip, drip, drip
on the surface of the pond.
Ripplings slowing forming
as the orange fish navigated their roadway.

turned to a dourpour
and then loud kabooms
Sky creased by bolts of lighting
as the alarm awoke my phone
sending a warning of flashflooding.

as I looked at the night sky
throught the kitchen window
toward the streetlight
a sleet of rain appeared
pouring buckets and buckets,
saturating Mrs. D’s flowerbed.

it felt as if
a rainforest
is my new habitat.

Arlington, VA
August, 2021

5 thoughts on “Rainy Day

  1. Erica J says:

    I love the repetition and how you capture the progression of the rain. I could see and hear it as I read. I was taken by surprise by the line “Sky the color of the squirrels/
    that scamper in my backyard” because it was so unique — I don’t think I’ve ever read about the sky described that way!


  2. Ms Victor Reads says:

    I was just going to say that I loved the squirrel colored sky too- so absolutely evocative! I also loved the weather moves you noticed! It does sound like life in a rain forest. Your poem put me there.


  3. thewriteapple says:

    I love the progression of your poem and your descriptions – like the sky the color of squirrels and the drip, drip, drip. I noticed you’re in Virginia. I am in NY and the weather is much the same!


  4. Fran McCrackin says:

    I also like the progression, and since I experienced the same weather, I can say it was such a good description! I enjoyed your visual images and you also described sounds. I wonder if you might want to think of less-used senses on a rainy day- small and touch. It would be fun to experiment with.


  5. Denise Krebs says:

    Sally, you definitely put us into your yesterday. Wow! Let’s make it unanimous–“Sky the color of the squirrels” is an amazing description!

    We are all there with your as the “loud kabooms, Sky creased by bolts of lighting” and then simultaneously the alarm going off to warn of flooding.

    Rich post of your weather!


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