Rain – A Sei Shonagon Style List Poem

Sudden thunderstorm rain like
– The caterwauling kitty you forgot to feed
– The tenuous teen battering your heart, ears and the locked door with keep-way-but-still-love-me music
– The immigrant doctor cleaning toilets
– The spouse freed of burden but shackled with guilt

Steady spring rain like
– The laundry and dishes, laundry and dishes, laundry and dishes
– A movie marathon of Schindler’s List, The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas, and Life is Beautiful
– The thumping of sneakers around the track at a 15 minute mile pace in a black track suit in 80 degree weather
– Abdomen stretch marks, cascading down, erasing memories of “before”

Forecasted overnight rain like
– A crying newborn seeking a mother’s warm embrace and engorged breast
– Cookies and milk after school on Friday
– Karaoke in a private party booth
– This poet’s tears when her heart reads words that resonate

Jamie Dedes at The Poet by Day challenged us to “…write about the emotions rain engenders in you” in her Wednesday Writing Prompt.

This Sei Shonagon style poem fit my thoughts on this topic. (Thank you to Punam at Paeansunpluggedblog for introducing me to this style!) Sometimes I love rain and sometimes it makes me profoundly sad. Sometimes rain is the beat of my rage and sometimes it is the whisper of contentment. I love smelling rain in the air but I don’t love the weight of it wrapping around my chest. Rain is such a necessity in our world. This exercise made me truly appreciate the wet stuff!

©️ iido 2019

10 thoughts on “Rain – A Sei Shonagon Style List Poem

  1. this was an interesting form to read and i loved savouring each moment you shared. rain has different effects on people. i am energised by rain and also can be lulled into a dreamy state so your words resonate with me. your strength is in bringing my emotions to surface after visiting your words. i really loved this Irma

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    • Hello Gina! Thanks so much for your kind words! Punam introduced me to this style and it just seemed to fit with the prompt. Hope you are doing well…I have to stop by yours this week…I’ve missed reading!

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