Thursday, 17 June 2010

Some rain and a million thoughts

Rain by Shel Silverstein

I opened my eyes
And looked up at the rain,
And it dripped in my head
And flowed into my brain,
And all that I hear as I lie in my bed
Is the slishity-slosh of the rain in my head.

I step very softly,
I walk very slow,
I can't do a handstand--
I might overflow,
So pardon the wild crazy thing I just said--
I'm just not the same since there's rain in my head.

The Rainy Day by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering Past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

Oh, Gray And Tender Is The Rain by Lizette Woodworth Reese

Oh, gray and tender is the rain,
That drips, drips on the pane!
A hundred things come in the door,
The scent of herbs, the thought of yore.

I see the pool out in the grass,
A bit of broken glass;
The red flags running wet and straight,
Down to the little flapping gate.

Lombardy poplars tall and three,
Across the road I see;
There is no loveliness so plain
As a tall poplar in the rain.

But oh, the hundred things and more,
That come in at the door! --
The smack of mint, old joy, old pain,
Caught in the gray and tender rain.


Rohini said...

How come all the birds come to your window? I can only see crows and pigeons where I live now. There used to be house sparrows, mynahs, cranes, snails until a few years ago.

Anvita Lakhera said...

A bowl of water, some food and shelter (in the form of bougainvillea and Indian oleander, something bushy and slightly big) works well for us. If you have too many pigeons then they'll compete with the small birds. Make sure the pigeons don't perch on/above the balcony/window.

House sparrows were on the verge on becoming endangered, though there are signs of revival still a lot needs to be done. In UK people are encouraged to keep mealy worms, essential for the fledglings, at the bird feeder. Thankfully our area has bushes and generally unkempt, almost wild, the birds get their worms and we get to see them :)