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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! I am back after a break. Thanks for still being here, if you are! Missed you! xxx

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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