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© by Maya Stein

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Friday, March 18, 2005

march rain

there's nothing quite like watching the sky
grey over into monochrome,
the diminishing light sharpening this city's terrain -
a crosswalk a brim of puddles,
the squeak of the trolley turning down Market
a child's boots making their comical splash
against no one in particular

there's the sudden itch for soup, hot coffee, casseroles,
matinees with overbuttered popcorn,
wool socks
the handknit sweater hiding on a back shelf of closet,
slippers and late-night snacks.
spooning.

in bed, i watch as friday's rain gathers into
a glassy quarter inch on the deck.
i am thinking of
how warm it is under these covers
and the ecstasy of sleep tonight.
while clouds and god
release their yearning from the sky,
i find myself burrowing,
the blanket easy, warm, permissive.

outside, the deck chairs are
stoic under the wet
the sirens oddly silent
friday coming to a gentle, tap-tap of a close.

somehow, like surprise,
like a promise,
this city feels pregnant
with spring.

4 comments:

Dale said...

:-)

Yes, that's it, exactly.

Stef said...

beautifully said...

Caribou Raisin said...

Mmm...delicious.

Life Is Good said...

Rains do that to me when I have had my fill of sunshine and light. Love that feeling, those inclinations. Love that you put in all into words! Instead this bout of rain depressed me and made me exhausted and reminded me of my first home in WA State and missing my family and friends I left behind to come meet the wonderful people of CA. Bring on more sun for a while before we have more rains...