It’s Raining, It’s Pouring plus 1 more

NaPoWriMo22 Day 21– Two rain poems since it’s raining (again) here in western Pennsylvania. The first is a cascade poem for murisopsis’s poetry scavenger hunt. (Glummy in the poem is a mashup of gloomy and crummy.) The second is a belated response to the napowrimo.net day 13 prompt, to write a poem that states that everything’s going to be amazing. I wrote it as a choka, a poetry form I learned about this month. Check out the E. E. Cummings poem I reference here. Peace to your !


It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

It’s raining, it’s pouring,
The sky’s gray and boring.
Another glummy day
Here in western PA.

The newspaper is wet,
The house smells of wet pet,
Still you try to forget that
It’s raining, it’s pouring.

If it were up to you,
There’d be white clouds on blue
And a yellow sun too, but
The sky’s gray and boring.

It’s easier when dry
To keep your spirits high.
Till then you have to sigh—it’s
Another glummy day.

Keep your umbrella near,
Get used to faking cheer,
The weather may not clear. We’re
Here in western PA.


Most Amazing This Day

Have you seen the world
Storm-washed and sun-dried? Seen it
Afresh? Suddenly
The unexpected spoiling
Of your morning plans
Appears most beneficent.
B.R. (Before Rain
In the annals of your life)
You were a dullard,
An uncomprehending oaf.
A.R. you Wonder.
The solidity of stones—
How did that escape
Your notice? Were trees always
This sharply defined?
The sky so vibrantly blue?
Now you understand
Cummings, the eyes of my eyes
Are opened
. You want
To exalt the daffodils,
Raise them from the earth
And proffer their gold glory
To God. Most amazing grace!

14 thoughts on “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring plus 1 more”

    1. I appreciate your taking the time to let me know, Monty. The starting point for the second poem was a haiku I wrote years ago, appropriate since haiku and choka are both Japanese poetic forms.

  1. These two /must/ be read together, I think. The deceptive “throw away” simplicity and rhyme of the first, with the evocative power of the second, both telling truths about the world.

  2. Stephanie, I love the cascade poem!! It is so true that this weather seems so grey and drab… I wish Spring would pay a visit of more than a day! Your Choka is so good! The images you present to the reader interspersed with questions to prod the eyes to open work beautifully in tandem!

    1. I’m so glad you liked them both! You were spared my first cascade attempt, which was utterly unmemorable, on a theme I want to treat at some point, but not that way. :) We had temps in the 30s a few days ago and are to have 80-degree days this weekend. It’s hard for a body to take!

    1. That’s so nice of you to say so. We’ve been having rain every other day, and while I know rain is necessary, I do love sunny skies. Today is one, and I’m off for a walk! Happy day to you!

  3. The first one reminded me of a song.. and the lyrics goes like:

    “It’s raining, it’s pouring
    My eyes, oh, they’re stormy
    And I don’t wanna leave this bed
    It’s raining, it’s pouring
    It’s four in the morning
    And I don’t wanna cry
    But I need you here ’cause I’m a mess”

    But aah nevermind, your poem has a nice rhythm you know! ✨💫

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