One of the most important things to know about me is that I LOVE rain. I'm crazy about rain. I love thunderstorms, I love threatening skies, I love rainy weather. People tend to associate this kind of weather with misery (a friend once wrote a poem with the line "The sun was shining outside, but it was raining in my heart" - I didn't get it), but for me, nothing could be more romantic, more happier, more peaceful. Rain is beautiful. Rain is peace. Rain is happiness. I've happily passed this love on to Kashmala so that whenever I'm home when it's raining, Kashmala and I walk out without an umbrella (yeah, about that: I don't do umbrellas, you see) and dance! Yes, we dance in the rain, and it feels so, so wonderful!
And so I've written a couple of poems dedicated to rain. Rainy weather just puts me in that much more romantic a mood! Here's something I wrote a few years ago about why I love rain when I first moved to where I live now and I saw the rain after several months:
Rain truly makes me happy. My heart feels lighter, my mind's at ease, my soul literally feels purified. It's as if the rain is literally washing my tension, problems, whatever else away, cleansing me of all the dilemmas I always find myself in. It's as if my heart is enclosed by the dirt of these petty issues, and the rain washes away this dirt, literally cleaning my heart. And so, when it rains, I'm like, "What? What problems? I have no problems. I was born a happy person, and I'm going to die a happy person." And next thing I know, I'm smiling and everyone walking by smiles back, and I feel even more content with life and everything around me. Really, rain is SO beautiful.
Now the poem I promised ...
What Happens to a Longing Unfulfilled?
What happens to a longing unfulfilled?
Does it dissolve into nothingness,
Or does it become the droplets of rain
That pours down to soothe a broken heart
And wash away the ache, the longing,
A longing that consumed the soul
"There, there," it says with every drop,
Every drum on the window
And replaces this longing with a hope renewed
It brings back a broken smile,
The glimmer in a lover's eyes
It goes away as it softly sings, in the voice of the Beloved,
"Everything'll be all right. Everything's gonna be okay."
And it dances away to soothe the next broken heart in line.
Sept. 13, 2014