The Rains

You pray and dance your rituals
Created a god to whom you offer sacrifices
In exchange for a promise
That the rain will fall.
For the harvest must be full
And the tide must pull just right.

I could bring in the breeze with a few clouds to break the sun’s sting
Or shower upon a land fire and cut off its hunger for power.
When dry grass gulps from drops that make your windowsills ping
I hear no sigh of relief.
Why did you wait so long?
Why didn’t you save the trees and
Why did you let destruction take so many?

How cramped are the clouds with their tumultuous hordes of
Resentment and disdain that churns into a spring storm
And brings the driving rain.
The roar and lightening gives you a glimpse of what I fully perceive.
Release upon your land is the only way to maintain my sanity.

I’m bound in so many separate places
Across a sky that does not end.
Frightened by fierce rage, my courage is running thin.
The eye of the storm is here
I can’t hold this in.

It is clear I’ll do too little or too much
And some how mess it up.
Heaven cannot hold me, and mere men cannot prevent
The reclaiming of my sanity when I let go and the rains begin.

F. Magdalene
Copyright 2007 © F. Magdalene All rights reserved


  • Anjo Lafin
    Anjo Lafinover 7 years ago

    Brilliant poetry.

  • ShadowDancer
    ShadowDancerabout 5 years ago

    This is so completely beautiful… pouring out of emotion, powerful, a feeling of being filled to the brim but hanging on for fear of letting go… let it go, let it rain, let things be. beautiful job.

  • ShadowDancer
    ShadowDancerabout 5 years ago

    Congrats – you’ve been featured!

    February 21, 2010

  • Thank you! (insert rainy happy dance here)

    – F. Magdalene Austin

  • myeymyart
    myeymyartover 4 years ago


  • I’ve seen your artwork, we have a lot of styles
    in common. I also draw leaves and swirling things
    coming from my subject’s head. Most of that type of
    art is on Flickr, not here though. :-)
    I really, really like your work.

    – F. Magdalene Austin

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