Outside the raucous rain comes pelting down.
I’ve onetime watched in curious surprise
both ruin and rapture pouring from such skies,
replete with thunderous drums and lightning crown.
I’ve seen dull nature shift from brittle brown
to budding pinks and preening butterflies.
I’ve also watched the cold rain brutalize
the makings of a flowering fairy town.
Before and after rain reigns such extremes
of ruinous fire, indifference and ice
that to the sheltered looker-on it seems
the ecstasy of storm scarce worth its price.
Instead of passion’s moods and ructious schemes,
a balmy summer drizzle would be nice.
About the author
Janice D. Soderling has published poems, prose and translations in hundreds of journals and anthologies. She became a time traveler via her latest collection,…Read the full bio
Issue 24 · Autumn 2021
Table of contents
- Two Poems by Nick Conrad
- Three Poems by Dinah Ryan
- Two Poems by Daisy Bassen
- Three Poems by Carl Boon
- Two Poems by Patricia Behrens
- Upon Entering the Unknown University
- Two Poems by Christine Potter
- Earthly Possessions
- The Overflowing Suitcase on a Bus Stop Bench
- Two Poems by Nathaniel Calhoun
- Blessing of the Animals
- Why Honey Matters
- Two Poems by Rimas Uzgiris
- Missing Buses
- The Trek
- Red Coat
- Watching a Late Autumn Thunderstorm
- Two Poems by Rick Mullin
- ON O’HARA’S BIRTHDAY
- I Travel Back in Time
- Postcard Prose
- Visual Poetry