Wind and Rain

April is notorious for its temperamental weather. The pounding of the rain woke me up this morning. (Even before I had to be up, grrr!)

Here are two simple poems about wind and rain by two very different poets. Interestingly, there’s an intimacy to each since they both address the reader directly. The reader is pulled into the weather and the writer’s world. For a moment you can feel it.

 

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) was an English poet whose work was largely informed by folklore, religion and the Pre-Raphaelite movement. (She sometimes posed for her brother, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti.)

 

Her most famous poem is probably Goblin Market, a mixture of fairytale and Victorian morality lesson.

 

This piece is simple and whimsical.

 

 

Who Has Seen the Wind?

 

Who has seen the wind?

Neither I nor you:

But when the leaves hang trembling,

The wind is passing through.

 

Who has seen the wind?

Neither you nor I:

But when the trees bow down their heads,

The wind is passing by.

 

 

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was an American poet, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the first of the jazz poets.

 

He is most famous as one of the leaders of the Harlem Renaissance, but he traveled widely before his residence in New York. He was born in Missouri and raised mostly in Kansas, moved around the Midwestern US with his family, lived in Mexico briefly, traveled to West Africa and Europe, lived in France for a short time and in England for a few years.

 

His first poem was published in 1921, his first novel in 1930.

Again, this isn’t a complex piece, but seems to suit the subject.

 

 

April Rain Song

 

Let the rain kiss you

Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops

Let the rain sing you a lullaby

The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk

The rain makes running pools in the gutter

The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night

And I love the rain.

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