getting my outdoors
highs in the nineties, damn hot
in the sun, past two weeks
same for the next week
even 8am sees high seventies
reading the paper on the porch
at 7am the extent of my outdoors
damn humidity makes it no better
might as well be raining and it does
on and off, with rain tonight
enough is enough
if the rain stops
in the morning I’ll be on the water
hugging the bank
hugging the shade,
getting my outdoors
Image: The gar were splashing last month
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the dawning of realization
like a heatwave dully reminding you
how much you dislike the heat,
the distance from true waves
on water more often blue than not
how you want to be there
not here, where more time is spent
indoors than out, whether allergies
or just the weather, but mostly
both, to be honest, as one front
meets another and sinuses respond,
pressing eyes that dully see a scene
that isn’t what you want to see
Approaching temps near 100 today, and a sinus headache
reminding me that thunderstorms are on the way.
Image source: NOAA – National Weather Service
It Feels Like Rain
When the rain comes,
they run and hide their heads
when they should be singing,
celebrating that glorious feeling.
Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain.
Never gonna stop the rain by complainin’.
It’s a pretty comfy feeling,
caught up in a summer shower.
Clouds of mystery pourin’ confusion on the ground.
It’s a time to reach out for something new.
It’s shining down like water
and it feels like rain.
Feel the power of the rain
making the flowers grow.
Oh, I hear laughter in the rain,
there with the beat of the rain on the leaves.
Upon us a little rain must fall,
so stay with me and I’ll have it made.
Open up the heavens.
Let it rain!
This cento (my first) is in response to the prompt for NaPoWriMo.net Day 10 which is to take a regional saying about the weather and write a poem around it. Instead, I’ve taken lyrics from 14 songs to form this poem.
The songs and artists are as follows:
When the Rain Comes – The Beatles
Singing in the Rain – Gene Kelly
The Falling Rain – The Cascades
Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head – B J Thomas
Rain on the Roof – Lovin’ Spoonful
Who’ll Stop the Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Purple Rain – Prince
Have You Ever Seen the Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Feels Like Rain – John Hiatt
Flowers in the Rain – The Move
Laughter in the Rain – Neil Sedaka
The Rain Song – Led Zeppelin
No Rain – Blind Melon
Make it Rain – Tom Waits
Photo by Max Bender on Unsplash (cropped here)
Mild sinus headaches are an everyday annoyance for me,
tolerated until it’s absolutely necessary to take medication.
It’s been awhile, but they have developed into full blown migraines.
Yesterday, one snuck up on me and laid me up in bed for hours.