Do you hear the falling rain
Splashing on the window pane,
Pelting down in steady beat
Muddy junction where they meet,
Earth and water, lake and sand,
Awesome plight, begging command?
Have you felt a day so bare
Graying sky and whining air,
Bending boughs groaning distress,
Swaying trees blend with the rest?
Not a structure stands aloof,
“ Pitter-patter,” cries the roof,
Eave and peak pleading complaint,
Rocky walls bulge with restraint,
Rivers rising where they fall,
Protruding ledges cover all
Cringing creatures, great or least
Strangely silent, bird and beast.
Observe the stark, windblown trees,
Squirrels darting neath their leaves,
Their endless chatter ceasing
With nature’s wrath increasing.
A strength and power display,
Nothing secret in the way
These bold torrents need unload
Earth and gravel on the road,
Rushing paths fast pursuing
Shallow roots, loss ensuing,
Surging on now fast, then slow,
Mid the turmoil, as they flow,
Rivlets running to the sea
These lifeless remnants carry.
Have you known a day so bleak
Taking toll, the mild and meek?
Like the tempest of the mind
Fate attacks the just and kind,
Simple creatures fail the test,
Leaving judgement to the rest.