Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Rainy Day..

Official winter is only days away.

It was still dark when I woke yesterday morning
and I was surprised that I had slept soundly until 7am.

That's how life is when one lives by the sun and the seasons
instead of clocks.

The sky was a startling red..

'Red sky in the morning,
shepherds take warning.'

Rain is coming.

Some good  city council goblins were out and about in the pre-dawn dark
preparing for a big rain
by sweeping leaves from the gutters.

Slowly the sky lightened
and the pesky wind blew all the leaves right back into the gutters.

Today it has rained and rained and washed the leaves down to the bottom of the street,
causing a very big puddle to form.

Today I went to the Requiem Mass of a friend's husband.
A poet and academic of some standing..

and the tupuna, the ancestors, cried their rain tears for this fallen totara.
Arohanui, Mary.
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  1. What gorgeous colors in that sunrise! I haven't been able to comment (Blogger is giving me headaches lately) so I apologize for being so behind...but I'm slowly catching up.

    I'm so sorry for your friend's loss.

  2. Such lovely poets words, and history for you, Joan. I'm sitting here on a cold, damp May day that feels more like autumn than spring and thinking how alike our weather is right now with you in New Zealand, embracing the coming of winter, and we, here, in Illinois, where all is green a tentative and stormy, but, both having a similar climatic feel.

    Here, the maple seeds are blowing about, looking for places to take hold, and clogging the gutters and being tracked into the house. ha!

  3. What amazing photos, and sadness also, falling with the rain. I'm just catching up after some days off line.

  4. If I awoke in the morning and saw government workers cleaning a street gutter, I think I'd have a heart attack! You're lucky, Joan, to have more than lip service!

    I'm still awed at how the seasons change opposite the equator. Mother Nature is amazing!