I Remember Pale Rain

I Remember Pale Rain

The thistles have gone purple,
spiny and tetchy,
and the cosmos
           (I kid you not)
are taller than the fence.

I long for the scent
of a bonfire and soft rain
that hisses at its embers.

What’s happened to our rain?
Soft English rain.
It was perfumed,

pale and translucent.

This stuff is Bangkok rain.
Hard. Heavy. All at once.
Pours from a spigot,
          I swear it does.

Climate change, but
they’re shouting “Hello”
into a blackhole.

Shared with @Experimentsinfc #APoemADay on Twitter   ©Misky 2021

11 responses to “I Remember Pale Rain”

  1. Bangkok rain, hard and heavy is clever, the way that hard and heavy describes Bangkok. I love the contrast between the two.
    BTW I notice that you use the word tetchy in this poem. Do you find, like me, that you use a word you haven’t used for ages, and if you’re not careful it is suddenly popping up everywhere. 🙂

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    1. Now that you mention it, yes, apparently I do. 😂😂 I have a dental hygienist’s appointment this afternoon, so perhaps my mood is infiltrating my ink.

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      1. 😂 Good luck at the dentists!

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        1. All done, now I’m going to chew on a steak. My goodness, Piccadilly Circus is a … erm … circus! Lots of people. Lovely warm evening.

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          1. Enjoy! it is lovely up here too 😊

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  2. (Mostly) Clear at the moment, here, but the winds portend, um, otherwise. Just over the horizon, I fear.
    Great write Misky.

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    1. Someone turned the tap on again here, adding a bit of thunder and lightning for good measure.


  3. I love this. I love the Bangkok rain. I don’t remember if I have been to Bangkok. But in 2009 we stopped over in Singapore for a couple of nights and one afternoon there was a tropical downpour. Gosh it made me smile. The wind, the inside out umbrellas, the pavement turned shallow lake, and the steamy freshness. It reminded me of Indonesia. It was truly a nostalgic moment. Last Saturday we stole your British rain – the sweet grey mist of it turning our chickens into mohawked frazzle mops and glistening in the hazelnuts like early buds. I can love both. But your point is sharp as sharp. Nothing is quite normal. We are on the brink.

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    1. Last night on the train home, the sky opened up and it poured rain. So much so the train driver announced he’d be pausing the journey at the next station as the tracks were flooding. During the day it was 30°, and then BOOM BBBOOM BBBBOOM!


      1. Ah yes. A bit of heat really cooks the power of the storm.

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