Rain Dance

There's a crackle in the air—
the static buzz of a summer storm brooding in the sky
Summer storms are magical...
I like to dance in the summer rain
unlike the winter rain, when I hide indoors 
away from the biting cold and wet.

Today dark clouds build in the west—
the air feels hot, filled with static electricity
Nothing but a torrential downpour 
and the loudest claps of thunder 
would send me running for cover now.

A summer storm is on the way
I can feel it...
I imagine myself running and playing
in the warmth of that sparkling summer rain.
I know this rain gives life—
I wait for the parched grass to turn green again.

Please let it rain!
So Mote it Be!

© Colleen M. Chesebro

I rarely write freestyle poetry, but after my walk today, all I could think about was how parched my part of Michigan has become. In my neighborhood, the friendly sounds of grass mowing, has altogether ceased. The grass doesn’t grow without the rain. Our city water is costly, and with the economic restraints on our budgets already maxed out; we choose not to water the grass.

If only it would rain!

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Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on wordcraftpoetry.com. Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at carrotranch.com. Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com.
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42 Comments

  1. EXcellent poem. I do hope it rains for you soon.

  2. A splendid poem to which I can relate.
    In the Northeast we are experiencing severe drought conditions.

  3. Loved your poem and thoughts dear Colleen… Living in England Rain is something normal here. Except this year we had a very dry Spring and now a very Hot Summer… So going without rain for long,long periods as you do there must be hard.. So many places parched, while others have had over excessive amounts of rain and flooding…
    Its interesting that water on Earth will always remain the same as it evaporates and condenses back down into rain… Its just where it drops that makes a difference…

    I am reminded of a speech I think President Johnson spoke in 1962 when he said
    ” “HE WHO CONTROLS THE WEATHER, WILL CONTROL THE WORLD”

    A quote you can look up and find much information on.. 🙂
    Much love my friend and hope it rains for you soon…. <3 I will beat my drum and ask for rain… <3 both sides of the Pond…. less work on my arms in carrying water to our allotment plot.. <3 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Sue. With the cost of water, and everything else so out of control, we’ve not watered the grass much depending on the rains to come. Fingers crossed they do. I can’t imagine lugging water to your garden. I know England has been super hot this year. Let’s hope we get the rains in the fall and everything can recover. ❤️

      • Like wise, grass, lawns will recover given time .. Food plants are in need however..
        I have no doubts rains, floods and blizzards are on the cards… Just keeping our energy high for nothing is ever as it seems…. Even though it may seem to be getting worse…. There are those who ‘Think They’ hold the control strings at the moment….
        But I am very much looking forward to them being cut soon.. 🙂 And many may be surprised in the not to distance future
        Stay positive Colleen…. Much love <3

  4. Here’s to your poem bringing you some much-needed rain!

  5. I’m so sorry to hear about Michigan – a fantastic poem, and I hope it works. Toni x

  6. Oh my. I wish you rain.
    Rain and miracles.
    Lovely poem, Colleen dearest.
    Let it rain; Make it rain:
    https://youtu.be/hD5hIqeKNVE

  7. So mote it be, both there and here. Flooded June 3rd-no rain since….

  8. Tell you what. If we get some, we will send it your way! Boogie on girl!!

  9. I wish you rain and magic, Colleen! We’ve had rain off and on for the last three days and I am grateful for every drop.

  10. Thankfully over this way we are not in a drought. Though we did have about ten days straight with temps in the 90’s – There are some brown spots, but mostly green prevails. Perhaps especially in the back where I’ve got so many trees to shade the ground?

    Gentle rain for all in need. (((Hugs)))

  11. Fingers crossed, hoping you get rain soon! I loved your poem, Colleen. Beautiful! ❤️

  12. Yes! I like this poem a lot because it rings so very true about the energy of a summer rain storm, and presented me with such clear sensations of what these rain showers feel like. Great stuff.

  13. Doing a rain dance for you Sis. I love your freestyle. I am quite drawn to that style since I got hooked on Frank Prem’s poetry. <3

  14. I wish I could bundle up our storm clouds and share them with you. I also enjoy thunderstorms. They are soothing to me. I loved your poem, Colleen, and I do hope you get rain very soon. 🙂

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