Friday, July 15, 2016

Summer Rain

We had a late afternoon rain, an unexpected thunder storm that popped up out of nowhere.
It didn't last long, a mere thirty minutes, but ooh was it a welcomed sight.
If you listened carefully you could hear the trees and flowers, heaving a big sigh of relief, their roots and foliage drinking in every last drop of moisture.
The temperatures fell, and for the first time in several weeks we enjoyed a tolerable 81degrees.
How lovely is that !

How beautiful is the rain!
After the dust and heat,
In the broad and fiery street,
In the narrow lane,
How beautiful is the rain!

How it clatters along the roofs,
Like the tramp of hoofs
How it gushes and struggles out
From the throat of the overflowing spout!

Across the window-pane
It pours and pours;
And swift and wide,
With a muddy tide,
Like a river down the gutter roars
The rain, the welcome rain!

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Kathy said...

It has been so hot here that any bit of rain is welcomed. Even our little shower that lasted only 20 minutes. Everything looks better after the rain.

Kimberly~Nutbrown Cottage said...

I love a good rain after a long dry spell. It breaks the tension in the air and relaxes everything. Lovely poem!

donna baker said...

That same line came through here (Tulsa) and did so much damage with 90 mph winds. Trees down everywhere. Never have seen such a bad thunderstorm in my life. I love the kind you received.

DJan said...

I love the pretty raindrops covering those beauties. :-)

Henny Penny said...

Your home and gardens always look so fresh and clean. The look I would love here, but most of the time by July it looks like a jungle here...maybe even the rain forest, this summer!

Janet @ My Miniature Donkeys said...

I have been, and still am, in love with your photography composition.
So darn lovely.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hi Jo! You are right about those summer showers -- I've often thought I've heard nature collectively sigh afterwards. The verse if perfect for this time of year, and a little cooler temps are too.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Precious raindrops on the gorgeous flowers!