Haibun Monday: 50 Shades of Rain


Its 3am. Outside I hear an unfamiliar sound. At last after months of winter drought there is rain. It showers down upon the darkened roof, its music fills me with joy, the constant rate of downfall enough to suggest we will get relief today. So long have we worried, anxiety at its max, the neighbours forced to sell up after the bank foreclosed on their massive debts. We have survived by the skin of our teeth but I know that after today there will appear spring time life in the dust bowls that surround our homestead. I nudge my wife awake and together we listen to salvation. Today I may just stand out in the downpour, thank God for blessing us at this most desperate time.


springtime blessed rain

repetitious, welcoming

hope is eternal


Written for: https://dversepoets.com/2016/06/20/haibun-monday-50-shades-of-rain/

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47 Responses to Haibun Monday: 50 Shades of Rain

  1. This is a mirror image of what we have experience last winter–after 5 years of summer drought. I’m so glad for you. Like here, your part of the world suffers those horrible, devastating wildfires. Glad you brought us a taste of down under.

    • Michael says:

      Thanks Victoria we have a funny story here of people in such places as I described having to explain to their young children the phenomenon of rain as some had not seen it before…

  2. Grace says:

    That is rain that is most welcome, to bring relief to the dust bowls. I specially like: we listen to salvation. After the drought hopefully the rain will bring blessings to the land. Thanks for joining us Michael.

  3. Lyn says:

    Nothing nicer than the sound of rain…unless your name is Noah, of course. I fall asleep every night to the sound of “absolute rain” from My Noise.net.

  4. kanzensakura says:

    Hope springs eternal….yes it does. And this was truly a welcome rain for you. How sad that others have had to sell out to survive. I am so glad you didn’t have to. nd yes, I hope you did stand out in the rain and bless and thank God for the wonderful rain. Thank you for joining us!

  5. whimsygizmo says:

    Love love LOVE this:
    “I nudge my wife awake and together we listen to salvation.”

    And the hope in your haiku. YES.

  6. Amazing iT is
    how liFe giving rain can
    seem iN duSt BowL wHoles
    thaT spRing less food..

    Hungry we are
    then can wE appreciate..
    Rains of Life..:)

  7. The way rain can bless and save you. When you live in an area where drought is relative you do not really understand how much rain can be needed. Yes I would be out welcoming it too,

  8. Shadeau says:

    Oh my, this is most beautiful and moving. I love rain, there’s nothing like it–blessings indeed.

    • Michael says:

      Yes indeed, very much so. Thank you for stopping by…

      • Shadeau says:

        For a number of days we’ve had at least on ‘n off showers, if not a day/evening of rain–and I’ve been absolutely jubilant 🙂 Though in Texas my cousin had flooding…but they’ll be alright, repairs underway.

      • Michael says:

        We’ve had some wet days too but not enough to worry us this time. Some folk get it tough don’t they…

      • Shadeau says:

        Crazy weather around the world for sure–apparently we’ve already begun wildfire season in the southwest–gosh, scary. I feel blessed to be nestled in NW Washington State–usually mild.

  9. thotpurge says:

    Such a chill to read about the foreclosure… while its monsoon now in India, we’ve had a bad season of drought as well in the summer and the farmers suffered the worst of it.

  10. kim881 says:

    ‘I nudge my wife awake and together we listen to salvation.’ Nothing like listening to the sound of rain together, Michael! Taking rain for granted is so easy for some of us; we tend to forget that in some parts of the world rain is precious – until we see drought and forest fires on the news.I wish I could send you some of our rain…

    • Michael says:

      Well lately Kim we have been doing very well but in six months all that could change, this time of year we get big storms and some places worse than us.

  11. lillian says:

    “…we listen to salvation…” This is such a powerful way to describe the life-giving rain after a severe drought. Very well done.

  12. seirich says:

    Thanks for sharing your hopeful words. Water indeed nourishes us, blesses us with its music as you describe. I enjoyed reading your poem of springtime, of hope. Beautiful!

  13. Into each life a little will fall. For some its a must! Hoping your relief comes and soon, Michael.

  14. mandibelle16 says:

    Nice piece Michael. Yes, rain can make all the difference in many places in the world at a given time.

  15. Rain can be a blessing or a curse. I loved the haiku at the end.

  16. Bryan Ens says:

    The sound of rain after long periods of drought is one of the most beautiful sounds. Lovely haibun.

  17. lynn__ says:

    You’ve palpably written the relief of rain to a drought-ravaged land…feel it in my gut.

  18. A delightful, hope-filled haibun! A pleasure to read!

  19. Mish says:

    Rain can be assumed in so many areas of the world, something we take for granted. This haibun reminds me how hat is not always the case. Rain truly is a blessing. I am so happy for your rain!

  20. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Nothing more wonderful than the arrival of rain after drought.

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