October’s Miracle

I forgot how the sound of rain could be soothing
like the calm of a child’s lullaby.
I heard my lantana sing “Hallelujah!” as the soil exhaled,
the thirst for relief felt longer than eternity.
Silk-thread drizzles dusted rooftops on the street
along with the brown brittle hills with flowing grace.
The fascination of puddles slipped my mind,
the childlike sense of play from a hop and a splash.
And who would think the sight of cocoa-brown mud
could be so entertaining in all its messiness!
Would you believe if I said the flowers smiled at me?
And their leaves offered a gentle wave?
Observing from my slightly opened window,
I caught a grateful sigh from the soaked earth,
and I enjoyed listening to the roots laugh in delight.

Lauren Scott (c) 2021

59 thoughts on “October’s Miracle

  1. So beautiful Lauren, I was writing something last night and wrote how the autumn leaves look as if they are waving at us in the autumn breeze. It is so my favourite time of the year and every day you see something new. Im behind at the moment with my reading but this was lovely. x

    1. Thanks for your lovely words, Alison. I also love this time of year, but we were in dire need of rain. So at the first pitter patter of those raindrops, these words came to mind. Thank you again, and enjoy the vibrant colors this season offers us. 🧡🍁

  2. Lauren, your poem is so sheer and true, wonderful. The soil exhaling as the rain comes and lantana singing ,Hallelujah,. Silk threads on roof tops and streets….all because of the lifegiving rain .
    Altogether you feel the joy of nature and us as the cherished drops fall.


    1. Thanks so much for your beautiful comment, Miriam. We have needed the rain so badly that when it happened, we really did hear the lantana sing and the soil exhale. 🙂 You and I have the love for nature in common, too. Thanks again! 💞

    1. It has been, John, but yesterday brought a Cat. 5 storm, so we got 12″. 🙂 From one extreme to the other. And now we have sunshine for a few days, which is good because the creeks need to return to normal and things need drying out.

  3. What California needs is a long period of soaking rain. The current weather system will pass too quickly and do erosion damage in the fire blighted areas. However it will hopefully replenish the California aquifers’ to a certain extent. You need more. But I agree there is something soothing about falling rain.

    1. I think you’re right, Ian. We’ve had a few days which was wonderful. Then yesterday’s rain turned into a Cat. 5 storm, which dumped 12″ in our area. A bit too much because of flooding. But now we’ll get a few days of sunshine to dry things out. And hopefully, more rain will come, but not in buckets. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    1. Enjoy, Janis. Those first few showers were awesome. And we almost felt like we forgot what it sounded like, and what it was like to walk in the rain. Hopefully, we’ll get more this winter than last. We’re tired of the drought and fires.

    1. It sure was, Balroop, and thank you for your lovely words. When the rain came down lightly, it just felt magical. I can understand though, why that intense wind inspired you to write also. I have a feeling you may be sharing too? 🥰

  4. Beautiful poem, Lauren. All my flowers and plants are having a great party. They’ll be drunk by the time the rain is over. When I see rain, I taste the juicy oranges. The current crop of oranges are so abundant, my watering is not catching. This rain is so timely.
    I have to keep in mind of our northern neighbors though! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Miriam. I’m sure all the flora and fauna are having a grand party. Whether it’s north or south, we all need this rain. But we don’t need it coming down in buckets like we had on Sunday. Steady, off and on showers would be nice. Thanks for stopping by. 💗

  5. I love your mindful prose, as it takes me to the moment you are in. I felt pure joy thinking about splashing in the mud puddles, as I once did as a child. Thank you for your beautiful writings, Lauren!
    Many Blessings
    Lisa xoxo

    1. Thanks, Lisa, for your beautiful comment that truly makes my day. I’m glad my words could transport you back to those youthful days of splashing in the mud puddles. Thank you again, and have a wonderful day. Hugs 💕

    1. Thanks, Robbie, and I’m glad you can relate, but then again, I’m not happy learning that you have long periods of dryness also. This drought has been awful, and the amount of rain we’ve had doesn’t even come close to what we need to fill our reservoirs. Anyway, visiting Africa is on my bucket list. ❤️

      1. Southern Africa is very dry during the winter months, Lauren. Up near the South Africa/Botswana border it is a desert – the Kalahari. I wrote about this desert for one of my short stories in an anthology abut the West. SA history and US Western history has a lot of similarities.

    1. Thanks for the lovely comment, Diana, and that first rain really did feel like a miracle. Life we’ve never seen rain before. 🙂 It’s also nice to see that you’re back, and I hope you had a relaxing break. 💕

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  7. Oh, I just love this, Lauren! Wonderful imagery, and I do believe that the flowers smiled and the roots laughed — and the leaves waved at you. 🌺💐🌱🌦
    This will be my new favorite of yours.
    Hugs 🤗💕

    1. Thanks so much, Betty! After we heard those first raindrops, I became inspired. It was such a long wait! I hope we get more rain this season, but not all in one day! Hugs to you, my friend! ❤️❤️

  8. Beautiful poetry, Lauren!
    We get much from nature, and owe her a lot.
    Nonetheless, we seem to take more from her than we give back. She’s fighting back, and humans are coming up short.

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