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The Rhythm of the Falling Rain ~ a Poetic Tribute

John is a long-time poet, short fiction, and article writer. He loves story-telling and also has a Certificate in Permaculture Design.


Rain Isn’t Everyone’s Cup of Tea

I know that for many people living in countries and cities across the world that get frequent rain my love of rain may be a little hard to comprehend. I have read recent posts of people who have been enduring days, if not weeks, of torrential rain and will be praying for it to end.

However, living in a country like Australia where water and rainfall are scarce commodities we treasure every drop we get. I remember as a child it raining for days almost none-stop. My parents said the rain was it “set-in.” But truly, as an adult I can’t recall it ever being like that, or if so, very rarely.

At the moment it is raining here on and off. We had a substantial rainfall two days ago and it has rained spasmodically each day since. Instead of my usual routine of having to mow the lawn once every two months or so, it is now once per week. The grass is green though, big change from appearing brown and dead.

This time last year Australia was experiencing out of control bushfires (from which many areas are still trying to recover.) So, for those of you who are getting too much rain, just keep sending it Down Under. We will gladly welcome every rain drop.

“Please God, Let it Rain, Let it Rain.”

The pitter patter of the rain

Sooths my weary aching brain.

Listening to it's sweet refrain,

It eases off then starts again.

Beating against the window pane,

Along the gutters, down the drain.

Some think it goes against the grain,

The love of storms I can’t explain.

Long, unquenched droughts can be a sprain

With parched dry earth across the plain.

To crops and cattle it’s a bane,

We pray for it to rain again.

“Please God, let it rain, let it rain.”

Even Corgis love rain

Even Corgis love rain

Rainfall ~ an Acrostic Poem

Rainfall beating

Against the window

Is a blessing

Not a curse

For on it

All life depends

Learn the lesson

Love the rain


Heaven’s Storms ~ a Haiku

Rain is a blessing

Thunderstorms are from Heaven

Quenching Satan’s fires.


Just a Storm in a Teacup

First a gentle tapping

The rain grows heavier,

Attacking the iron roof

Like a sheet of corrected-iron dragged across concrete.

Just that harsh but steady sound

Until a sudden flash of light,

As a bolt of chain lightning

Connects the heavens and the Earth for just a moment.

I count the seconds that pass

As the sky grumbles and growls,

Like some angry fairytale giant

Suffering a severe bout of indigestion, “Fe fi fo fum..”

Or a musical God beating on

A heavenly drum and cymbals,

Ending in a violent crescendo

Drum roll please…ratatatat…dadadada…boom…crash!

Each second represents a mile

Or so the old wives tell their tales,

I count to ten ‘tween flash and boom

Unplug all major appliances from the elec-tri-city supply.

Candles ready as the lights flicker,

I sit back in my chair and sip my tea

And with pen in hand, I write this poem,

No need for worry or for fear, it’s all just a storm in a teacup.

© 2021 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 02, 2021:

Manatita, you are right that God compensates. I appreciate the wonderful comment, and glad you appreciate the rain too. Yes, I liked that photo.

manatita44 from london on January 02, 2021:

Well John, I can appreciate that you guys need the rain all right. A heavenly blessing for Australia. God always compensates, so I'm sure you have your strengths.

I love the rain too, especially when I was in a tropical climate. I have many fond memories of playing in it or simply listening to its beats against the window pane. Same thing in Africa too.

Actually, it is supposed to be soothing and certainly for me. Sri Chinmoy used to keep us in it in Jamaica, Queens. (Sometimes) We would laugh and chat and be extremely happy, both girls in sarees and boys in whites.

So glad you love the rain! That makes two of us and I have a few poems and Odes on it. Cute picture of those two girls! Happy New Year!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 02, 2021:

Thank you, Nithya. You also live in a dry country, so you would also cherish any rainfall you get. I am glad you enjoyed these.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 02, 2021:

Wonderful poems about the rain, enjoyed reading them. I love the rain but here in Dubai we just get a drizzle at times in the cool season.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 01, 2021:

Thank you, Lora. Five years of dought is much too long. I know what it is like and pray you will receive ample rainfall soon. No sound is better than the rain. Happy New Year to you.

Lora Hollings on January 01, 2021:

Wonderful poems about the rain, John. I especially liked the last poem. The analogies were beautifully described! I love to listen to the rain. But, unfortunately, we have been in a drought for the last five years. I hope this year will be the start of more rain. A Happy New Year to you!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 01, 2021:

Hello Mary. Yes, it is wonderful to watch the rain falling on a lake or another body of water. Very soothing.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 01, 2021:

Linda, Washington is one of those places where you certainly aren’t lacking in rainfall and I can see that too much too often would certainly get trying.

You are in the opposite situation to us here. Feel free to send at excess our way. I am glad you enjoyed the poetry anyway. Blessings to you and yours also.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 01, 2021:

Thank you for stopping by to read this, Vidya. The rain is a great relief for us after the terrible fires in recent years. Today I woke to a clear blue sky but there is more rain predicted so let’s see.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 01, 2021:

I love to watch the rain especially on the lake. I find it so refreshing.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on January 01, 2021:

John, I am one of those who does grow weary of the rain--there is a reason that Washington is nicknamed "The Evergreen State." I will gladly send more of this wetness down to you.

I enjoyed your poems; you help us find the blessings in everything with the images you create and your humor. Blessings to you and your family in the New Year.

VIDYA D SAGAR on January 01, 2021:

It must have been such a relief seeing the rain after all those bush fires in Australia. A wonderful tribute to rain John. Water is indeed a precious commodity. And when it rains when we need it must it is a blessing.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 01, 2021:

Chitrangada, thank you for the lovely comment. Yes, certainly is important especially and a blessing for us who get so little. I am glad you enjoyed this. Happy New Year.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 01, 2021:

Thank you for reading, Ruby. I hope your rainfall eases soon. It sounds like you have had enough for now.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 01, 2021:

Thank you for reading these poems, Nell. Glad you enjoyed “Just a Storm in a Teacup.” Yes, we are given the impression that it rains all the time everywhere in the UK. That is wrong of course, as you say. Happy New Year.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 01, 2021:

Beautifully expressed poems. I can imagine the pleasure of getting rain, when you have it in scarcity. Great imagery and well composed.

Rain is important for everyone, most important for our soil, the change of seasons and all living creatures.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful post. Happy New Year to you.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 01, 2021:

Thanks Peg, I have rarely see it looking greener here than it is at present. Authorities had been warning about another fire season approaching so this rain was most welcome and should have averted any threat for some time. It is good that I introduced you to a song you were unfamiliar with.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 01, 2021:

Gotta love all that rhythm, Bill :) It is a great song, and glad you enjoyed the poetry too.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 01, 2021:

I love the song too Cheryl, I am so glad you enjoyed this article.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 01, 2021:

We're having a downpour at the present, water standing in low places in back of my house. I love your poetry,

Nell Rose from England on January 01, 2021:

I loved your poems! Especially storm in a tea cup. it's a bit of a myth that England rains all the time. Up North, it does, especially Manchester, But down here in the south not even a quarter of that. Happy New Year John.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 01, 2021:

So very glad to know that you are getting rain and that your grass is green. If it continues, you should not have those bush fires like you had last year. That must be such a relief! I enjoyed your poems, and I had never heard that song before, so thanks! Happy New Year!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 01, 2021:

Love the song, love your poetry. We are enjoying a lot of rhythm right now in Olympia. :) Happy New Year!

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on January 01, 2021:

One of my favorite songs. Thanks for this article I enjoyed it.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 01, 2021:

Eric, our environment shapes our attitude to the weather to a large extent, for you and I the rain is a blessing. Thank you for appreciating this.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 01, 2021:

What a fabulous bouquet of poetry. Where I live if we have a drought and the Santa Anna winds blow in from the desert it just plain old means that folks are going to lose everything and some will die. It is the math of things.

I love rain with my every breath. Thank you.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 01, 2021:

Yeah, Pamela. There is always a constant threat of fire as we go months at a time without rain, so when we get it we rejoice. Rain on the roof is delightful. Happy New Year.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 01, 2021:

Happy New Year to you too, Farah. Yes, I can see how rain can make it difficult for many people who work outdoors or who have to travel to work in it. Thank you for your kind comment.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 01, 2021:

Hello Ann. Nothing beats the sound of rain beating down on a corrugated roof. I hope you get a chance to make that snowman, we have never experienced snow here. Wishing you a better New Year.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 01, 2021:

I appreciate your kind comment, Rosina. If you have too much send it my way, it will be welcome. Happy New Year.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 01, 2021:

I remember all the fires just last year, so I understand your love of the rain. Your variety of poems is delightful. I enjoyed all of them. I use to like to hear the rain on the roof when I was a child.

I am wishing you a happy new year, John, and enough rain so the fires don't return.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 01, 2021:

Thank you, Osman. Happy New Year to you also.

Farah N Huq from Dhaka, Bangladesh on January 01, 2021:

Happy new year, John! I love it when it rains, unless I am out on the roads for some important task and that too without an umbrella! Other than that part, I mostly find peace in it. A lovely poem and a strong Haiku! Stay blessed!

Ann Carr from SW England on January 01, 2021:

Great poems, John! I love the last one, along with the photo of the storm mirrored in the sea.

I love the noise of rain on a corrugated roof and so does my partner - it reminds him of times in Australia!

At the moment, we have frosts and many places have snow - sadly not for the south-west. I'd love to build a snowman; maybe later!

Happy New Year!


Rosina S Khan on January 01, 2021:

This is a a beautiful collection of poems about rain water. I understand some of us have too much of rain and want it to stop while others yearn for it for survival and dried earth. Thank you, John, for the superb share.

Happy New Year to You!

Osman Ghazi on January 01, 2021:

Good .wish you Happy new year

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 01, 2021:

Happy New Year to you Millicent. Thank you for reading, and yes rainfall is a blessing.

Millicent Okello from Nairobi, Kenya on January 01, 2021:

Hello Johnh Hansen

Wow. Happy New year to you. I love the downpour of rainfall. I associate it with blessings. Beautiful

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