Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Poetry Tuesday: "November Rain" by Linda Pastan



November Rain

How separate we are
under our black umbrellas—dark
planets in our own small orbits,

hiding from this wet assault
of weather as if water
would violate the skin,

as if these raised silk canopies
could protect us
from whatever is coming next—

December with its white
enamel surfaces; the numbing
silences of winter.

From above we must look
like a family of bats—
ribbed wings spread

against the rain,
swooping towards any
makeshift shelter.

--Linda Pastan

20 comments:

Madi and Mom said...

Gorgeous photo of the rainbow and such a beautiful poem.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Leah J. Utas said...

I felt myself hiding under an umbrella. Cool.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

What a beautiful poem, and amazing capture of the rainbow!

Old Kitty said...

I love the imagery of bats! I can totally see that - bats with spread out wings trying to shelter from the rain!

Take care
x

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Wonderful post also the rainbow and rain was awesome.

Yvonne.

Talli Roland said...

Beautiful photos, beautiful words. Thanks, Betty.

Slamdunk said...

Nicely done Betty. Fitting to read on a rainy day here.

Eva Gallant said...

Lovely poem for a dreary day.

Flartus said...

"...as if water would violate the skin..." We do get worked up about the slightest inconveniences sometimes, don't we?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'd be happy with some November rain.

ds said...

Love this poem. Wonderful rainbow!

Vodka Logic said...

numbing silences of winter... so true

jenny_o said...

Those umbrellas sure won't help much in the snow, it's true!

Sush said...

November rains are so chilling. I think they do violate the skin, lol! I've been caught in a cold rain once too often. Thank goodness for rainbows to warm the heart!
Hugs~

Ms. A said...

Speaking of rain, it's pouring here. Love the rainbow!

Baby Sister said...

I will always think of myself as a miniature bat from now on. :) Beautiful!!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Wow, what a great picture that poem paints. I do hate November rain but it's better than the snow we had in October.

Daisy said...

Great images in this poem. Really nice, Betty. I hope your week is going well. :-)

Swapna Raghu Sanand said...

Lovely poem

Swapna Raghu Sanand said...

Lovely poem