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Before the Rain is Gone

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Before the Rain is Gone

She kept it all inside her
and never spoke a word,
though her thoughts flew and darted
like a trapped and frantic bird.

Inside her was a garden
that was hung with Spanish moss,
like the massive oaks were weeping
to remind her of her loss..

The spider wove at breakneck speed,
a perfect work of art,
watching it, she had her doubts
that humans were so smart.

The southern air was sultry
and the sea salt cloyed the skin,
 the yard dogs dug depressions
and the alley cats grew thin.

The black top roads got sticky
when the southern sun beat down
and the heat forever rises
forming monstrous thunderclouds.

When the blue sky rolls and blackens
soon the thunder shakes the ground
and the southern landscape flattens
as the blinding rain pours down.

Nostrils flared, she filled her lungs
with the dank and heady scent
of peat-rich soil, decay and loam,
of lavender and mint.

And in her secret garden,
reptiles raised their faces high,
and blessed the cooling water
that came pouring from the sky.

She loved the iridescence
of the blue-green dragonflies
and marveled at their flying skills
as they went whirring by.

The rain soon turned magnolia leaves
into miniature garden ponds,
there the dragonflies must lay their eggs
before the rain is gone.

Wrens and sparrows chirped and chattered,
they enjoyed the cooling rain,
but the squirrels were wet and grumpy
and the jays were raising Cain.

The girl did not seek cover
and the rain ran down her face,
on her lashes rain drops trembled,
much like crystals gently placed.

The thunder never frightened her
nor did the lightning scare,
to nature she was connected,
to living things, aware.

She lived in every moment,
soon the thunderstorm would end
and the dark earth would start steaming,
then the heat would come again.

Suddenly all fell silent
in her garden of delights,
all living things were quiet
as the steam began to rise.

The gray squirrel broke the silence
and if squirrels could really speak,
she knew he would be cursing,
surely swearing a blue streak.

And then she saw the blue jay
madly pumping out his call,
his angry face was comical
Mohawk feathers standing tall.

She swam the Sea of Apathy
and the Ocean of Ennui,
there the waves upheld her gently,
washing over memories.

And the earthworms turned the soil
in the garden of her mind
and the trees again were weeping
from the echoes left behind.

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  1. Date: 6/21/2010 7:13:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Paula Swanson's contest "Monsoon Storms" Danielle. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/18/2010 10:48:00 AM
    wowser good one who's #1 why YOU!!! Light & Love (Hope you're feeling well!)

  1. Date: 6/17/2010 1:00:00 PM
    Congrats Danielle on your 1st place win in the Monsoon contest.. a wonderful write and win for u to enjoy.. with luv.. Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 6/17/2010 7:09:00 AM
    What an amazing, detailed and descriptive poem, Danielle!!! A wonderful winner....and well deserving 1st place!!!!!!!! Hooray for you! Congratulations! ~ Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 1/16/2010 9:09:00 AM
    Today I am taking the time to enjoy myself reading some of my favorite poems. Your poem, "Before the Rain is Gone" is one of my favorite poems. I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed reading it, again. Thank you for sharing. Lovingly, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 5/3/2009 11:37:00 PM
    Danielle, my belated congrats in making the semi finals...Raul

  1. Date: 4/13/2009 12:11:00 AM
    This is wonderful. I'm going to put it in my favorite poems. Nature is wonderful. You have captured its beauty well in this poem. Thank you for writing it. I shall continue to enjoy it. Happily, Dane

  1. Date: 4/8/2009 10:40:00 AM
    Powerfilled and beautiful. What more is there to say. I love this. x) Love Jese

  1. Date: 4/4/2009 10:04:00 PM
    congrats on a well desevered first round survival. wishing you all the best in the finals. love Leke

  1. Date: 4/4/2009 10:03:00 PM
    congrats on a well desevered first round survival. wishing you all the best in the finals. love Leke

  1. Date: 3/31/2009 11:51:00 AM
    This is wonderful danielle! Congratulations on making it through the first round! Good Luck!~Trudy~

  1. Date: 3/31/2009 11:18:00 AM
    Daniel! Congrat on your three poems having won the first round of the Competition at the PoetrySoup. You deserved it. -Mohammad

  1. Date: 11/15/2008 12:21:00 PM
    Congratulations also on your poem being featured this week. Again, A very beautiful and wonderful poem. I love it! :)

  1. Date: 11/15/2008 12:19:00 PM
    Very beautiful poem! I love the symmetry and timbre and the wonderful rhyming flow that it has. Great work! :)

  1. Date: 11/11/2008 7:28:00 PM
    One of the finest poems I have read here at PoetrySoup. Just beautiful ... as a widow who has spent time in the South, this poem speaks powerfully to me. I've added this to my favorite poems list. Thank you for sharing this powerful write, Danielle and congratulations on this well-deserved selection to be featured this week!

  1. Date: 11/10/2008 4:28:00 PM
    What a wonderful poem, Danielle! Expression and heartfelt! Congratulations on the poem being featured this week. Well deserved! ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 11/10/2008 8:17:00 AM
    You are an amazing poetess. Congratulations Danielle on your excellent poetry being featured this week. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 11/10/2008 4:10:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poem being featured this week.Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/10/2008 12:42:00 AM
    Congrats on your feature this week Danielle.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 11/9/2008 4:55:00 PM
    Hey Liberal Lady. This one finally got featured. I enjoyed reading this again. Congratulations on the feature. Vince

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