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African Rain



I wished in vain

For little drops of rain

While the ground lay dry

And cracked beneath my feet


The hot wind teased

The brown grass seeds

And blew them helter-skelter

Across the dust-dry earth


A muted rumbling

A flash of lightning

Far away in the vastness

Of the mountainous distance


Relief was looming

The rain was coming

Dark clouds appeared, rain escaping

In a deluge straight from heaven


©DGA 24 November 2011 08:26


Author: adeeyoyo

I am a middle-aged South African woman, living in Johannesburg. I began writing poetry towards the end of May 2010. I love animals – sometimes more than people!

26 thoughts on “African Rain

  1. Graphic!

    Only trouble is that now it’s here, it is tending to overdo things!


  2. You have such a wonderful way of projecting your imagery.


  3. Rain to cleanse the heart and hearth…


  4. yeah can get kinda scary when the rain comes again in abundance after drought…but what a blessing…smiles.


  5. Perhaps nature’s way of baptizing us


  6. Beautiful poem, Denise!


  7. Nicely done Denise, it’s fun to take the subject at hand and turn it into a poem, Isn’t it? It really is a talent, and you have it.

    So, as the Irish say: “May the rain fall soft upon your fields”
    May the crows, your corn, not steal
    and may your heart, love always feel
    and may your ship, stay even keeled.

    Ha, I made up the last three lines, but a blessing is a blessing…
    Have a wonderful day.


  8. Blessings from heaven come in their own time, it seems… 🙂


  9. Feeling refreshed!


  10. Rain is blessed even in England, Denise.
    It must be so much more valued in Africa. And some folk get so little rain.

    Thank you


    • Thank you, John. I called it African Rain because it usually comes in downpours, with thunder and lightning, but is relatively brief. We seldom get set-in rain, steady drizzle for days at a time.


  11. Like the image of the seeds blowing across the dry earth 🙂 It hasn’t rained here for a while and everything looks tinder dry – hoping for rain soon (and then it will rain to much – haha).


  12. The cracked earth is a striking image. I can imagine when you are waiting for rain in Africa that when it eventually comes it is like a heavenly thing. I really enjoyed this poem. Great work!


  13. I am so glad the rain did come it was a dry Spring for us.


  14. Yes, it was dry here too, and the rain has been good.


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