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'Raindrops': Poem and Discussion; Refreshing Rain, Refreshment for Everyone

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Ann loves to write poetry and also enjoys responding to prompts. A challenge is always interesting!

Raindrops on the Windowpane

Through the Raindrops, looking at Sydney Harbour Bridge

Through the Raindrops, looking at Sydney Harbour Bridge

Weekly Prompt

Thanks for another prompt, Brenda! (Thanks also for your comment on my short response to Bill's photo-prompt for a description.)

Many of us appreciate you giving us the inspiration, just in case we are struggling a little with our muses. Raindrops is a delightful one, so here are my thoughts for this week.


Raindrops

Pitter-patter, pitter patter

tapping on the pane.

Refreshing scent, nature reviving,

coloured drops of rain.


Not the drizzle soaking through,

dismal, grey depression,

nor the pelting, stinging drive

of hail or stormy session.


Stand outside, stretch wide your arms,

open mouth and drink!

Soak it up, this heaven-sent lotion,

no need to stop and think.


Nature sends its vital potion,

trees and flowers absorb,

so that all can live and wonder

‘neath clouds, as shiny orb


bursts its rays, through drops of water,

rainbow to create.

Then we know our world endures,

we live, glad. What a state –

drenched and smiling, hair bedraggled

splashing puddles, muddy wellies,

shrieking with a childlike glee,

all happy to be late for tea,

the raindrops smile our fate!


Greenery and Rainbows

Luscious greenery plus raspberry, gooseberry & rhubarb

Luscious greenery plus raspberry, gooseberry & rhubarb

Rainbow Promise that all's well

Rainbow Promise that all's well

Bubbles of Reflection

Raindrops also create bubbles of reflection – a reflection of light but also reflection in our minds. Arid deserts with no water, empty wells that can’t quench thirst, tubs that collect just a few drops; many of us aren’t so lucky to play in the rain as much as we would like. Then there are floods. Too little water or too much? Each presents problems.

Without raindrops we would die, without reservoirs, wells and water butts, it’s hard to collect it from day to day, to use at will.

The bubbles of reflection make the air move. We can make the air move if we help those who have little water to have more.

Governments could concentrate more on provision of water than provision of arms. They could consider their own instead of leaving it to others to care. They could put those who rely on them first, instead of themselves with their petty greed and thirst for power.

The shining refreshment of raindrops, the shining collection of pure, clean water to give people the shining eyes of hope, should be a prime goal of every government.

Next time you have rain, don’t take it for granted, think of those who have little of anything at all, let alone just rain, and see if you can do anything about it, for them and for their children.


Rainclouds Gathering

Rainclouds on the Horizon

Rainclouds on the Horizon

Collecting the Rainwater

Collecting the Rainwater

On a Different Note!

I am taking some time out from HP now. Pressing things have come up, on which I need to concentrate. Family, mostly. At the moment it feels like HP is taking over every waking moment! It's only right that I should respond to others' comments, of course, but I'm neither reading nor writing any new hubs for the foreseeable future. Too much in the inbox, too many to catch up with, causing undue pressure. I’m going to clean out my inbox and come back in a few weeks, or possibly months. I feel I have to write every day, which leads to me neglecting other things and people.

I’m sure many of you can identify with such things. I shall keep in touch with the hubbers I already communicate with outside this site. That is important to me.

I shall miss everyone. I’m not ill or anything, I just need time for me and mine. See you all later and happy writing!


© 2021 Ann Carr

Comments

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 20, 2021:

Thank you, Nithya. Glad the poem brought back memories. I appreciate your kind words.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 20, 2021:

You're welcome, gyanendran.

Ann

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 14, 2021:

Beautiful poem! Reading your poem made me long for rain which is so rare in this part of the world. It brought back childhood memories and a longing to get wet in the rain and jump into puddles and have fun. Looking forward to reading more of your articles and poems soon. Take care and be safe, Ann.

gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on May 13, 2021:

I am grateful to you for inspiring me to improve my English Language skill.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 13, 2021:

gyanendra mocktan, thank you for your kind comments. I'm glad to have helped you with your understanding of dyslexia. Thank you too for your kind best wishes.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 13, 2021:

Thank you, Linda, for your kind comments and your best wishes.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 13, 2021:

Thanks, Flourish. Glad you like this, and my garden! Yes, probably quite a few.

Take care.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 13, 2021:

Thanks, Brenda, I will.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 13, 2021:

Hi Kyler, thanks for your great comment, sharing that memory. It's great to drink the rain, isn't it?!

I appreciate your visit. Take care.

Ann

gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on May 13, 2021:

Ann,

Thank you very much for your beautiful poem that has reminded me of my childhood in Assam. How I would run around in the rain especially in the football ground and in the flooded river for swimming.

I have also learnt about dyslexia from you. It has immensely helped me how to deal with person who may have this symtoms. At present also I'm dealing with person.

I love to see your presence here in future. Wish you the best of the best for a break.

Thank you.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 12, 2021:

Thank you for sharing the cheerful and enjoyable poem and the rest of the article. I love the photo of the rain clouds. Best wishes for the future, Ann. I hope you return to HubPages when you’re ready.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 12, 2021:

A splendid poem and that garden really made me jealous. Take time for yourself and don’t stress. I wonder how many people have been chased away from the site (temporarily or permanently), overwhelmed by the inbox and all the commenting. Take care and we’ll see you again.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 12, 2021:

Ann,

Do keep jotting down those notes.

Enjoy your time off & relax.

Laugh, Live & take time for what is important.

See ya when you come back.

Kyler J Falk from California on May 12, 2021:

"Stand outside, stretch wide your arms,

open mouth and drink!

Soak it up, this heaven-sent lotion,

no need to stop and think."

There was this one time as a child where I was standing outside in my yard while it was raining, looking up with my mouth open drinking the rain, and my father's girlfriend's mother came out to yell at me. She said, "Don't you know that rain water is poisonous?! Get inside and stop being stupid!"

To this day I can still picture her look of disgust every time she looked at me, and every time I go outside I drink some rain water to her memory.

Definitely an excellent poem, as always, Ann!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 12, 2021:

Hello Barbara! How good it is to see you. I'm glad you enjoyed the poem. I'll send you some raindrops if I can - we have plenty! But the greenery is luscious and vibrant, so pretty.

Take care.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 12, 2021:

Good to see you, Vidya. Yes, that bit came from my childhood and also watching my grandchildren!

Family is indeed important and I need to concentrate on them at the moment.

I hope you have a great day too! Thank you.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 12, 2021:

Thank you, Misbah. Glad you enjoyed this.

Take care.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 12, 2021:

Dora, thank you for your warm comments. Glad you liked this.

I can't understand how, in this day and age, there are still people without water and without enough food. It's criminal.

I shall be keeping an eye on HP, though I won't be publishing or reading much.

Keep safe and well, Dora.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 12, 2021:

Brenda: Thank you, you are always very kind. I shall still be writing now and then, but not publishing. There will probably be a few to publish as soon as I get back. It just takes off the pressure.

Yes, the water crisis is ridiculous as there is no excuse for anyone to be without water. Rich countries where the rich/poor divide is huge are just totally unjustifiable. It's cruel not to look after one's own.

Take care and keep writing your lovely poetry. See you soon!

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 12, 2021:

Chitrangada: Thank you for your kind comments and for your best wishes. I shall still be around and dipping in and out of HP but not participating much.

Good to see you. Take care.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 12, 2021:

Thank you, Ravi, for your great input. I appreciate your visit.

Ann

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on May 12, 2021:

A beautiful poem in response to Brenda’s challenge, Ann. I love the way you scribbled it. The photos are also very beautiful. It is so refreshing. Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece of writing

Blessings and Love

Dora Weithers on May 12, 2021:

Ann, I'm glad for the opportunity to comment before you go. Life is unpredictable but we must do what we can to survive safe and sane. All the best while you do what you must.

I love rain, and your poem gave me a chance to affirm all the good that it is. I like your appeal at the end. In our best moments we must think of helping others. Take care.

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on May 12, 2021:

Hi Ann,

That was a lovely poem and it makes me pray for rain here in the back woods of Florida.

From your creative mind to our eyes to view the wonders of words,

I am sorry you need to leave for a short time, but I understand how family comes first.

Take Care,

Bobbi Purvis

VIDYA D SAGAR on May 12, 2021:

A refreshingly beautiful poem Ann. The first shower in summer has an invigorating scent. 'splashing puddles, muddy wellies,

shrieking with a childlike glee, ' reminds me of my childhood. How much we loved playing in the rain. We will miss you and miss reading your wonderful articles. But it's always family first. Take care, enjoy the time with your family. Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 12, 2021:

Ann,

Thank you for your kind words.

I so love your poem, "Raindrops."

I can picture myself standing out in that kind of rain and just taking it all in.

It is refreshing.

I don't know if I would be splashing puddles, but I would be drenched.

Your words speak volumes about the need for everyone to have clean water.

I know there are many who do not. I believe some sources help other countries with bottles that can filter out the bad stuff.

I actually have one I purchased years ago to put in my survival kit. Alas...that kit didn't get finished.

I love all your photos. You do have a special knack.

I hate to see that life is calling you away from us, but I do understand.

One must live his/her life.

Writing takes up alot of time, but for me...it's part of who I am.

I don't think I could make it too far without scribbling a few notes down.

I love life though and believe we should all make the most of it.

It is ours to live!

I wish you luck with your endeavors.

Please know that you will be missed each day.

Feel free to reach out just to say hello. Enjoy those grandbabies and stay safe.

You have truly given us a raindrop by leaving for a bit.

I will post a link in the article.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 12, 2021:

Hello Ann!

Your poem on Raindrops is beautifully crafted, giving a sense and smell of the rains. I enjoy watching, when it rains—who doesn’t! Rainy season brings happiness to all the living creatures.

Rainwater harvesting is a wonderful idea, and it’s being done in many parts of India.

Take your time, as there are so many responsibilities in our real life. My best wishes. You will be missed.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful article about raindrops.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on May 12, 2021:

Wonderful poem Ann. The feeling of getting soaked in the rain and watching the raindrops gently slide down from the hair is priceless. It is nature's way of healing us. Thanks Ann for this wonderful piece.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 12, 2021:

Thanks, Shauna. I got your email too.

What lovely comments on this! I'm grateful for your feedback and for the insight you always show about what I'm trying to say. It always gets me angry when I see adverts for helping (which I agree with) but the countries are doing nothing themselves for those who need their help the most. Aaaagh!

Yep, see you soon!

Ann

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 12, 2021:

Ann, I completely understand. HP takes too much time to navigate of late. I get lost. Articles don't show in the feed right away and by the time they do, I forgot what I wanted to say.

As your friend, I respect your decision. Your attention is needed elsewhere. It's called life and exists outside a computer screen!

I love your raindrops poem, but what really strikes me as profound is your bubbles of reflection. This line really grabbed my attention: "Governments could concentrate more on provision of water than provision of arms." From there your words reflected what's in your heart and many of our thoughts. They became stronger, more convicted, and more reflective.

You're bowing out gracefully and with a punch of thought-provoking insight, my friend! That's just how you roll.....

We'll talk soon. Love ya!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 12, 2021:

Thank you, Lorna, for your kind words.

Yes, I still find it difficult to resist puddles, especially when with my 2 year old grandson - he can't resist them at all and it's splash everywhere with him!

We've also had quite a bit of rain lately. I love the smell of it, though, when nature seems to burst with the essences of life.

I will keep in touch.

Ann xx

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 12, 2021:

Hi Ann,

I enjoyed your poem regarding raindrops. This paragraph from you is so important, and I agree.

"Governments could concentrate more on provision of water than provision of arms. They could consider their own instead of leaving it to others to care. They could put those who rely on them first, instead of themselves with their petty greed and thirst for power."

Wouldn't that be great!

Enjoy your time off to do what is most important for you and your family. We will welcome you with open arms when we see you back here. Take care and stay well!

Lorna Lamon on May 12, 2021:

I love this refreshing poem Ann which brought to mind my childhood days of jumping in puddles (I have to admit I still can't resist them).

I agree that Governments should do more to keep our dams repaired and make sure our lakes are pure and clean. People in other parts of the world should not have to travel miles to fill a bucket at an infected stream or well. We collect our rainwater and use it for just about everything. Here in Ireland we certainly get enough of it.

I am sorry to hear you will be taking some time out, however, it is perfectly understandable. Please keep in touch as you will be sorely missed, not just by me but all in this community.

With my best wishes always.

Lorna xx

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