Reasons to Love Rain

Reasons to Love Rain

Because it washes my car for free
excuses lateness

smudged mascara
and bad hair days

Because it stops play
and greens lawns

provides a swimming-bath
for sparrows

and shimmering lakes
for swans, egrets and moorhens

Because it makes flowers bloom
in the desert

Because it sparkles
and adorns gutters with icicles

Because walking in the rain
is still romantic

Because there are many
degrees of wetness

from damp to drowned rat
but only one sort of dry

Because it turns a field
of dust and stones

into maize
and makes the difference

between death and life
in Africa.

© Sarah Barr

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