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Rain: A Haiku Collection

Catherine's writing reflects her life-long love of nature and gardening. She advocates for sustainability and respect for all living things.


Welcomed Rain

Rain is such a valuable resource in Southern California and certainly welcomed after the hot summer temperatures and dry Santa Ana winds. Yet it often comes on the heels of the October fire season, and there is always the fear of mudslides in hillside areas denuded by raging firestorms. Still, there is the peaceful sound of a gentle rain, its unmistakable smell, and the promise of renewal to our drought-stressed environs. Here in my haiku collection, I've tried to capture the moments of a brief rain storm from the first random drops to the glorious burst of light which renders all foliage a vibrant green against the gray sky.

Rain: A Haiku Collection

A distant rumble

The smell of impending rain

My dog takes cover.


Welcomed drops

Mimic steps of visitors

On my gravel path.


Bubbles float and pop.

Rubber boots splash in puddles

Joyfully in sync.


Endless sheets of rain.

Funnel through red roof tiles.

Homeless earthworms.


Pounding rain

Rhythmic drums of savages,

I am safe inside.


Refreshed greenery.

Sunlight breaks the charcoal gloom.

Behold! a rainbow!


Excited songbirds

Shake loose a string of raindrops.

Scattering jewels!


© 2011 Catherine Tally


Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on February 16, 2014:

Hello, Senoritaa,

It's so nice to see you here this morning! I appreciate your stopping by to read and thank you for the thoughtful compliment. Glad you enjoyed reading my haiku.

All the best,


Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on February 16, 2014:

Thank you, Audrey! This was my first series of haiku verses, followed by my wind series. Both works are my personal favorites. I'm glad you liked it. Take care!


Rinita Sen on February 15, 2014:

Brilliant series, excellent imagery!

Audrey Howitt from California on February 15, 2014:

Love this, esp the last one!

Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on January 28, 2013:

Hello DDE. Thank you very much for your kind comments. The varied sounds of the rain have always stood out in my mind, and I had hoped to express these sensorial aspects in my haiku. I'm happy that you felt this through my writing. I appreciate your stopping by!

My best,


Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 28, 2013:

Awesome read well expressed and you have showed your good talent in writing here. The sound of rain makes me want to read even more.

Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on March 13, 2011:

Thank you, Arb. I really like the way you keep your mind open to different things!

arb from oregon on March 13, 2011:

Haiku is indeed an art and though not my chosen style, I have developed a fondness for it's simplicity in revealing the unnoticed. Well done cat!

Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on March 10, 2011:

Thank you, Larry. Nature is my inspiration as it fills all of my senses, and I love the discipline of trying to translate those impressions into haiku. You too have inspired me to keep working!

Larry Conners from Northern Arizona on March 10, 2011:

I loved every bit of these haiku...Amazing word pictures wrought with incredible skill...I love the discipline, the resolution in the 3rd line, and the clean, concise rendering of the true 5-7-5 haiku form...Bravo...Look forward to more...Larry

Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on March 06, 2011:


elizabeth from Buncombe County, NC on March 06, 2011:

The first welcomed drops

Like the steps of visitors

On my gravel path

This is so fabulous. I love words that instantly bring forth memories. I see my old dog scrambling for cover at the first sound of rain on the porch.

Thank you for sharing.

Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on March 04, 2011:

Thanks so much!

Barbara Radisavljevic from Templeton, CA on March 04, 2011:

Well done. Much better than I would have done.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on March 04, 2011:

No need to be shy.

You are among friends.

Catherine Tally (author) from Los Angeles on March 04, 2011:

Thanks, Will! I'm a bit shy. It is a fun discipline though.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on March 04, 2011:

I have to try this.


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