The gratitude of rain

“The rain to the wind said,
You push and I’ll pelt.’
They so smote the garden bed
That the flowers actually knelt,
And lay lodged–though not dead.
I know how the flowers felt.”

― Robert Frost

(impatiens with fresh rains / Julie Cook / 2014)

Life Giving

Just as Nature begins to lose all hope,
as leaves wither and fall away. . .
When insect and animal vie for rapidly evaporating morning dew
a dry parched land finds a much needed renewal of life.

The heavens descend in the form of life giving waters.
A healing silence fills the air.
The earth, as a massive dry sponge, drinks her fill
as every living creature rejoices in relief

volunteer impatiens with fresh rain / Julie Cook / 2014)

(meyer lemon buds / Julie Cook / 2014)

(volunteer impatiens with fresh rain /Julie Cook / 2014)

Send some rain, would You send some rain?
‘Cause the earth is dry and needs to drink again
And the sun is high and we are sinking in the shade

Would You send a cloud, thunder long and loud?
Let the sky grow black and send some mercy down
Surely You can see that we are thirsty and afraid

But maybe not, not today
Maybe You’ll provide in other ways
And if that’s the case

We’ll give thanks to You with gratitude
For lessons learned in how to thirst for You
How to bless the very sun that warms our face
If You never send us rain

Nicole Nordeman

9 comments on “The gratitude of rain

  1. Pecora Nera says:

    Gratitude of rain… uffa. I moved to Italy to enjoy the sun…. erh and the wine and this year it has rained at least twice a week. It is more like England but without bacon sandwiches.

    I do like your poem though.

    All the best from rainy Italy


    • Well, yes, I too would love moving to sunny Italy—unfortunately I am stuck here in too sunny and too too dry Georgia. We have not had rain in over a month. The usual pop up thunder storms continue to miss us—our yard is dried up, our trees are now losing their leaves and this under a 98 degree bright heat lamp known as the sun—this after a terribly wet Spring—there is no happy medium here these days—–
      Ciao bella pecora nera— I love sheep and I am assuming your are a beautiful black sheep 🙂

  2. Lynda says:

    Moderation in all things is good. We had a lot of rain this summer but the last week has been wonderfully dry and warm. But I must remember to water the plants because I got out of the habit during the wet season! Enjoy the rain and I’ll enjoy the sunshine. Blessings.

    • I certainly don’t mind the sunny days, but must have low humidity to truly enjoy such—the humidity these days is oppressive, the sun equally so—add zero rain and things are rather unpleasant outside—but ever the optimist, I know change will soon be in the air 🙂
      Happy sun Lynda!!
      love to you–Julie

  3. Oh man, we had had your lovely rain. Apparently it’s happening in many places but NOT
    here. We’ve not had any now in some time and have been in the 100+ days. We’re at 105 again today and rain would be such a welcome relief from this misery. I love the Nicole Nordeman song you quoted. I may have to remember and use that one too. Love and hugs, Natalie 🙂

    • I know what you mean—rain seems to circle us, but nary a drop here! Upper 90’s without rain is not my cup of tea!! Bless you as I would indeed expire in your 105 degree heat.
      We must hang on, Fall will be here before we know it!! Or so I hope 🙂
      Hugs and a breeze your way—cookie

  4. ptero9 says:

    Rain is much needed where you are, but it sure made for a late Braves game. 🙂

  5. Love the rain but we have had more than our share this summer! On Saturday we got 4.59 inches of rain in about 5 hours and on Sunday it rained another .35 inch. We have light rain today and it is suppose to continue thru end of day on Tuesday!! big hugs! – Michael

    • ode to the fickleness of Mother Nature—some places in Georgia, as in South Carolina have seen more than enough rain–other places like a parched desert—there is no happy medium to be sure—I’ll just be happy with some cool, crisp, 0 humidity Fall days –ahhh

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