RAIN ON ROSES

By John Grey


Heavy rain bounces off the porch,
ricochets into the garden
for a rose's second helping.

Headlights on high,
a car rolls by
playing Rossini of all things.

Not a thieving magpie,
but a cheerful chickadee
warbles the low notes.

Wind is on the rampage,
trees bend like stooping men,
windows rattle like coin jars.

It's an afternoon in free-form,
violence here, music there.
There'll be some ruin in their near term

but a clear light, a green smell,
to go with it.
And roses will bloom,

inspired by all outside of it
but colored from within.

RAIN ON ROSES