It’s Raining Again by Lynn White

It's Raining Again

It’s Raining Again
by Lynn White

The weather god doesn’t speak Welsh.
She’s tried.
She’s really tried.
She’s wept tears
of frustration.
She’s wept tears
of anger.
She’s wept tears
of sadness
that flow from the mountains
to the sea.
It’s the vowels
she finds hard.
And the consonants.
And the mutations.
And the way its spoken form
changes
over the distance traveled
in the time it takes her
to make a small cloud
and a tiny puff of wind.
A tiny puff,
not enough to raise the cloud
above the mountains.
So it hangs in a sad, sullen mist.
Or blows in angry swirls.
And still
she tries.
She really tries.
She weeps tears
of frustration.
She weeps tears
of anger.
She weeps tears
of sadness.
Floods of tears.
Lakes.
Tears which fall
in cascades
from the mountains
to the sea.

First published by Pilcrow and Dagger, July 2017

PHOTO: Stream in flood at Tan y Grisiau,  north Wales. Photo provided by the author.

NOTE: Wales is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south. The country has a population of around three million, a total area of about 8,000 square miles, and over 1,600 miles of coastline, with a terrain that is and is largely mountainous. Wales was annexed by England under the Laws in Wales Acts 1535 and 1542.  Both Welsh and English are official languages; over 560,000 Welsh-speakers live in Wales, and the language is spoken by a majority of the population in parts of the north and west.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: This poem was inspired by my struggles with the Welsh language and weather!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy, and reality. She was shortlisted in the Theatre Cloud “War Poetry for Today” competition and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Rhysling Award. Her poetry has appeared in many publications, including Apogee, Firewords, Capsule Stories, Light Journal, and So It Goes. Find Lynn at lynnwhitepoetry.blogspot.com and on Facebook.

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