Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Rain and wetness

(a note to Bob Marley)

“Some people feel the rain, others just get wet... !”  -- Bob Marley

There are rain days of drenching
and crazy laughter;
and I’ve known enough of these
cloud-break clothing
sneaking through cloth impediment
to commune with skin’
I’ve taste that water
on hair and breast,
and it has even burnt
cheek and finger.
There are days of drenching
made of finest drizzles
that said ‘monsoon on the way, go home’
and pinned an after-thought,
‘monsoon on the way, so what?’
There are days of drenching
made by after-rain dampness
and they come with landscape-altering colour
incredible greens against impossible blacks,
and fairy-tale haze.
There are days of drenching
made of rain-absence
when sun and dust and wilting vegetation
bring all the rains that have fallen
and all the rains that must

I can’t remember the last time I got wet, brother.  

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