Sunday, 17 April 2016

A Bucket Full of Rain

I collapse into the arms of rain,
As it descends from mysterious heaven,
A flowing respite from the summer’s pain,  
Making music -rhythmic and even.

I think of the could-be-muse,
Writing poems of autumn rainbows,
But they are of no use,
Even if they are about rain that flows.
No one cares for my poem, my diadem,
Unless they are written for them.

If you love the rain as you say you do,
Why do you have an umbrella open?
Drop it! Let it flow! Like a music true,
Till it fills up all that was stolen,
And then let down a bucket,
And bring up a poem.




" The poetry books are out of print, but that is as it should be if you're an Indian poet writing in English ."-Jeet Thayil in the preface of 'Collected poems'. 
Poetry is prayer for the godless people - Jeet Thayil 




It's exactly as Dylan says.
The rain is a metaphor for many things , and vulnerability is one of them.

31 comments:

  1. This was a wonderful read...and I agree. Put down that umbrella...the last line is fabulous!

    'And then let down a bucket,
    And bring up a poem.'

    Donna@LivingFromHappiness

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  2. Ah.. I cannot I say I love rain, but if I did it would not make sense to wear umbrella... but there are rains I do love.

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  3. Ah, I LOVE that, putting down the umbrella, lowering the bucket and bringing up a poem. Glorious!

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  4. Indeed, let it flow.....bring forth a poem! I love the message here.

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  5. The imagery of collapsing into the arms of rain is so gorgeous....love the sense of wonder and release in that!

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  6. Luv your metaphoric take on rain
    Have a nice Sunday and thanks for dropping in at my Sunday Lime

    Much love...

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  7. Sometimes you have to put down the umbrella to truly feel the rain..

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  8. Love the last few lines... excellent!

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  9. Splendid! I love rain - and the thought of collapsing into the arms of it: heavenly

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  10. This is stunning both in words and image :D

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  11. living in India, one has to love rain and let go that polka dotted umbrella like amir-kareena & be soaked in music and words & let it flow, deluge...lovely, lovely....

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    1. Even though rain makes my joints ache, I still love to listen to the music it makes.

      Elizabeth

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    2. that is interesting imagery XD

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  12. So much wisdom in this wonderful poem - particularly the notion of loving rain but not letting it fall on us - and i think a lot of us care for your poem ;)

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  13. I love it - not only the poem, but also the quotes that follow.

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    1. Thank you for dropping by again :)

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  14. Such playfulness, happy, lighthearted attitude! and I love 'arms of rain'!

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  15. I love the rain so very well.
    If I am smiling, it makes me smile even bigger.
    If I am crying, it hides my tears.

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    1. that's the kinda comment that makes me wanna keep posting! thank you !

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  16. A lovely, musical piece. And cute ending!

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  17. There are lots of ways to get an inspiration.It is a matter of having faith in mysterious blessings! Rightly so Suyash!

    Hank

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  18. I do like the idea of bringing up a poem and also letting the rain cover us,,"I collapse into the arms of rain" Love it :-)

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  19. there's something about the rain.
    it can make you go "ahchoo!"
    or it can make you go "aha!" :)

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  20. "And then let down a bucket,
    And bring up a poem."

    This made me smile.

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  21. Pretty gutsy to riff off of Dylan. Keep on!

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  22. I love the tone of this poem. Live in the moment, embrace what is.

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  23. Children are like that. They never see a puddle they don't love. You poem is full of wisdom.

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  24. Ha. Well, I think it depends on the season as well! But lovely musings--I am one for just a rain coat! Thanks. k.

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  25. I do love a walk in summer rain. When my kids were little we had quite the collection of rain boots and jackets and not carry umbrellas.

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