life, poetry, weather

Another Day in the Rainy Season

written by Lori (L. Virelli)

(For use of any photos, please attribute to Lori and this website)

Morning blurs through foggy moisture
on household windows
drip, dripping down the glass,
its chalky streaks left behind.

Outside a brilliant sun heats up the day.
By mid-afternoon,
growing vertical clouds
mask the unbearable rays.

Rumbles bellow in the distance.

Soon, sheets of heavy rain
pound over sizzling hot roofs and pavements.
Lawns turn into swamps.

Electricity flickers
as lightning flashes dangerously nearby.

Dark clouds slowly
carry away the rain,
but hover in the distance.

Photo taken over twenty years ago after one of the storms.
(For use of any photos, please attribute to Lori and this website)

A natural sauna occurs
as steam rises from the earth.
The vapor smothers
like a pillow over the face.
History reminds me to remain inside
with the air conditioning.

The sun sets to a fiery sky,
and twenty years later, ends
another day in the rainy season.

See A Day in the Rainy Season from twenty years ago.

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11 thoughts on “Another Day in the Rainy Season”

  1. Hey, Lori…

    I only visited Florida once — WPB in summer 1972 — but one thing I remember vividly was the rain. Every day. Like clockwork. Not always the impressive storms your poems and photos evoke, but there were some like that. (We had one like that here in Charlotte last night, though.) Well done!

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    1. Some of the FL storms are more powerful than others. I actually like the rain because it covers the sun for a bit. It’s not the rain, it’s the heat & humidity that get to me. Thank you for reading it and commenting.

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  2. There is beautiful powerful force out there …. in rain, sun and thunder. Wonderful photos – and your poem is a mixture of relief, wonder and worry.

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