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Rainy Day on the Lower East Side

   I hear the rush of cars rushing by in the rain 
   from my place in the fabled Lower east Side 
  Staying dry indoors 
I sit down and write this ode 
Just attended a short story discussion group 
   We discussed tales of war and murder
But now I feel peaceful 
as the sky opens up 
on the Lower East Side 
I hear the rain falling on the LES
   The Latino domino players 
are so into the game they play under awnings when it rains 
   The rain won't stop the Talmudists 
at the hose of Sages 
   form studying 
   holy works 
Grey sky above 
   Yesterday was bright and sunny
Today is so wet that I skipped my volunteer work 
    at Poet's House
    and skipped my friend's concert
Maybe I'll flip on the television 
    Relaxing with the "cool fire" is sometimes 
quite nice 
I live next to the FDR drive 
  where cars are rushing by in the downfall
Where are they going? 
Where are we all going? 
   I have time to ponder such questions today 
As I relax on a reclining chair
    Here on the Lower East Side 
Where so many American stories have begun

Copyright © Matthew Anish


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  1. Date: 2/6/2016 9:42:00 PM

    This brightened my day as I love poems about the rain. I have been inside too all day trying to catch up on poetry Matthew, and then I come across this wonderful piece that is a gift, I would say from the rain! I loved it! #7
  1. Date: 2/5/2016 9:07:00 PM

    matt, you should do a book that has a poem describing each day of a week for you. You always see poetry everywhere. By the way, which line did you think did not fit syllable count in my tanka? Maybe you are counting some word with different count than I am!!
  1. Date: 2/5/2016 3:51:00 PM

    W O W.. Matthew.' Great understatement here, this is where its at..' (for me) all Greatness is possible because 'of the way' we interact with the (everyday world) If you can't find it, no one can take you to it..' x marks the spot..'
  1. Date: 2/3/2016 2:37:00 PM

    Hello, Matt, it sounds like you have no choice but to enjoy the indoors. I don't mind the glooms of rain. Awesome day to share. I'm watching the movie The Invincible (Mark Wahlberg) Great cinderella football story. Take care. LINDA