Rainy Woods

For Kim’s prompt on Real Toads, seizing the day, getting it down.  She gives us three poems. This is the one that inspired me:
And the days are not full enough
And the days are not full enough
And the nights are not full enough
And life slips by like a field mouse
Not shaking the grass. by Ezra Pound

Rainy Woods
“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.” Langston Hughes

Stepping into rain
the walk leads past autumn woods –
the only sound is the rain tapping on the fallen leaves.
Off to the left a fox runs, tail down.
I stand and watch the rain dripping from the leaves
then I continue on my walk,
breathing in the scents of rain and rotting leaves.

29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Magaly Guerrero
    Nov 24, 2018 @ 21:53:01

    Isn’t it wondrous, how decay can smell like a miracle… when we know that the rot will feed spring?

    I really like the pause, the appreciation of the moment… before life (and feet) move forward.


    • kanzensakura
      Nov 25, 2018 @ 13:56:32

      Thank you Magaly. I am getting more mindful of keeping my poems short and to the point. I am also, again, becoming more mindful of lving in the moment. I’ve been mourning my mother for over year and I think she would say, enough sis, I know you love me. Si I think you are more than right – in the midst of decay, there is beauty and hope. Thank you. I love your new picture. You go girl!


  2. Sherry Marr
    Nov 24, 2018 @ 22:57:34

    A beautiful walk in the rain, AND a fox. How wonderful. I plan a rainy walk tomorrow.


    • kanzensakura
      Nov 25, 2018 @ 13:58:02

      Enjoy your self and the beautiful scenery. We see foxes around here about once a week. I think they are drawn to the food people put out for the feral cats. There is nenough for them all and none of them seem to quarrel.


  3. Kerry
    Nov 25, 2018 @ 01:38:55

    So important to live in the moment.


  4. kim881
    Nov 25, 2018 @ 03:00:52

    I could smell those rainy woods, Toni, couldn’t stop myself from breathing them in and listening to the rain tapping and dripping!


  5. sanaarizvi
    Nov 25, 2018 @ 07:04:06

    This is incredibly raw and poignant! ❤️ You describe the feeling of one clinging on to hope.. living life despite gloom and despair so beautifully.. 🙂


  6. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Nov 25, 2018 @ 11:02:20

    Fall comes in so many variations… but this wet one can be especially soothing


  7. Charmed Chaos
    Nov 25, 2018 @ 11:28:48

    So beautiful- I love walking in the rain, although I do not get the opportunity to do so here in AZ very often.


  8. coalblack
    Nov 25, 2018 @ 14:47:07

    I like what you wrote better than the Hughes quote, and i love Langston Hughes.


  9. Donna@LivingFromHappiness
    Nov 25, 2018 @ 15:55:22

    A perfect description of the beauty of rain falling in the woods!


  10. magicalmysticalteacher
    Nov 25, 2018 @ 17:23:48

    No one knows the true deliciousness of nature who hasn’t inhaled the scent of rotting leaves!


  11. Myrna Rosa
    Nov 25, 2018 @ 18:27:58

    I love this. I felt like I was there, then I wished I could experience that. Not likely, since I live in the desert.


  12. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Nov 25, 2018 @ 18:39:09

    Sounds like heaven! I love that smell.


  13. Just Barry
    Nov 25, 2018 @ 19:10:34

    You captured this autumn moment perfectly. Makes me want to step into the rain and inhale.


  14. Margaret Schaff Bednar
    Nov 25, 2018 @ 22:12:49

    I love poems that are just a snippet of a moment of the day… How magical to see a fox run by….


  15. Jim
    Nov 25, 2018 @ 22:56:18

    I joke. Tony. Back when I was running running in the rain was my favorite. Sometimes I would feel light as a deer running along. You have me feeling sorry for the fox because he was running with his tail between his legs.


  16. KB
    Nov 26, 2018 @ 19:48:10

    Love the smells in the air after the rain


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