Inspiring Enchantment & Illumination with Tarot & Intuitive Guidance

A Prayer for Rain

Last Night the Rain Spoke to Me
by Mary Oliver

Last night
the rain

spoke to me

slowly, saying,

what joy
to come falling

out of the brisk cloud,

to be happy again

in a new way
on the earth!

That’s what it said

as it dropped,

smelling of iron,
and vanished

like a dream of the ocean

into the branches

and the grass below.
Then it was over.

The sky cleared.

I was standing

under a tree.
The tree was a tree

with happy leaves,

and I was myself,

and there were stars in the sky
that were also themselves

at the moment

at which moment

my right hand
was holding my left hand

which was holding the tree

which was filled with stars

and the soft rain –
imagine! imagine!

the long and wondrous journeys

still to be ours.

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  • February 9, 2008, 6:40 pm Madeline

    I enjoyed this poem and the last few posts too–I am on your wavelength this month! I have notes in my writing file– a short story about the “GRACES” or the “charities” is in the works.. also, I did a 3 day (woops–just 2 days-) apple fast rx. by Edgar Cayce last week..

    It’s an interesting season, and a definitely interesting week, New moon, eclipse, etc. stay in touch! your blog and website are bless-ed!

  • February 10, 2008, 7:44 am Lynn Hayes

    I love Mary Oliver, thanks for this Beth. 🙂

  • February 10, 2008, 7:52 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    Oh, thank you both so much! Madeline; I am thrilled about your short story! I hope you’ll share it with me at some point when you’re ready.

    And yes, I think those of us who are deeply paying attention are all in a deep synchronicity with the energy of the seasons, and the needs of our spirits.

    Many blessings to both of you!
    — Beth