Light Rain


light rain drops

on spring soil with poise

a love letter


This poem was written in response to Carpe Diem Special #136, Santoka Taneda’s “there is Buddha”, another great prompt hosted by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And, to finish, here’s Shuggie Otis –

13 thoughts on “Light Rain

  1. Now that’s interesting — a love letter in the rain — the “poise” changes the whole tone — not a sloppy love letter or a gushy love letter — the rain has POISE. Very nice!

    • Thanks, Jen. Yes, the rain was so fine that you could hear each separate drop and they seemed to land so precisely that the word that came to mind was ‘poise’ 🙂

      After reading your comment it also occurs to me that the haiku itself could be the love letter…

      I just looked in at CDHK to see if I can get my 5-7-5 mojo back… but the prompts are all haiga, anyway. There is a HA prompt with a video I might take a look at, though 😉

      • Oh, that was a fun video – I loved the prompt – but did it as a tanka though.

        Ended up listening to the rest of the album on YouTube – then buying the album!

        But… Ahem… Several people at CDHK have been participating with haiku not haiga – you wouldn’t be alone. 🙂

        Last night we had sleet. Do you believe it?!? If the sleet had a message it was “sharp words”. 😛

        Still – caught a lovely video of sleet in the old cat tails. Perhaps a Bioli exclusive some day 😉

        Poise. Still smiling. Awesome stuff. 🙂

      • Why doesn’t it surprise me that you ended up buying the album? If this was a cop show I’d look at my rookie partner now and mutter “she’s got previous…”

        That reminds me, Songs of the South finished in New Orleans the other week – Dr John was there and his accent is so broad that his talking sounds like a song 🙂

        I feared you might have jinxed the weather with that rash talk of a 7… But as long as you got a lovely video for a BIOLI exclusive – can we expect Patrick Stewart narrating again??

      • Yeah, yeah … guess I’m pretty predictable when it comes to music, right? LOL! But it’s a GOOD vice to have! 😉

        Haven’t heard Dr. John speak in person — will have to find that Songs of the South segment. Isn’t the US remarkable sometimes — with such a huge variety in accents? From that sharp New England bite to the broad Southern drawl.

        And – tonight was a nice warm evening – no rain, no sleet — and oddly quiet. Not sure what to do when the weather is nice, actually…. hmmm…..

        Did put a nice video of rippling water on BIOLI though. Sans Patrick Stewart, sadly!

      • And New York, Texas… Then again it is a pretty huge country, isn’t it – from my UFO programme I learned that the most secret airbase in the world is in a sealed-off part of the US desert that’s the size of Switzerland! Even in our little country we have a wide range of (sometimes quite amusing) accents 🙂

        It’s definitely one of the good vices 😉

        Well, I hope that Patrick Stewart had very good reason for his absence? And a note from his mum?

      • Well, now that you’ve cornered me I’ll have to admit: Patrick himself is an alien and he’s holed-up in Area 51!! 😉

        Was thinking about this conversation on my walk this evening – while passing the National Guard center I noticed that the lights in the parking lot look very much like flying saucers. See? The govt is hiding things right under — er, over – our noses! 😉

        Happy St. Patrick’s day, by the way 🙂

      • Poor Patrick – he never got over being absorbed by the Borg [sorrowful shake of head]

        Thanks! Did I mention that my dad is Irish? So, some Guinness was drunk while watching tonight’s football 🙂

        Have you ever tried Guinness? Let’s just say it’s an acquired taste…

      • Oh yes — I remember your speaking about having Irish background — a while back — 🙂 — so yes – surely you enjoyed some Guinness tonight! 😀

        I’ve tried it – but from what I understand the US doesn’t *quite* get the same version as you get across the pond, right? Quite powerful compared to what passes as “beer” here in the US. I love the Belgian beers when you can get them around here. 🙂

      • Mmm Belgian beers are a good choice.
        Even lots of British people can’t bear our Guinness, so I imagine yours would need to be watered down a good deal – y’all have such delicate palates 😉

      • LOL! Yes, the American stuff barely passes as “beer”! [shaking my head]

        Though Yuengling (local to Peeay) used to make a great Black & Tan.

    • Thank you, dear Aquileana, I’m glad you enjoyed this little stroll through the chilly English rain 🙂

      And apologies for my late reply – it doesn’t happen often, but sometimes I lose track of a comment in all the chatter of WordPress 😦 I really don’t know how you manage to keep up with all the comments that your posts gather!

      All the best, as ever 😉

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