Rainy Day

The dark clouds gather; it’s starting to rain.
The dry fields need it. Crops don’t grow in dust.
In deserts it’s not easy to grow grain.
A plowed field can fill the sky in a gust.
My dog comes in to tell me, “It’s raining!”
Not much moisture yet, but the breeze smells sweet.
The air is cool, fresh, humid, earth-settling.
Petrichor rises from the empty street,
A brief sprinkle with the promise of more.
The clouds have settled for the duration,
A break from endless sunny skies restores
The mind beneath the cloud formations.
Rainy days in this bright dry valley are
Worth celebrating, so precious, so rare.


And, once again, I enter this with all good intentions of using the word of the prompt and I forget. Well there’s a glimpse of hope for tomorrow.

This is a Shakespearean sonnet, more or less. 14 lines, ababcdcdefefgg. Iambic pentameter (10 syllable lines with the stress on every other syllable, but I’m not a fetishist about that). The final six lines are supposed to set up a situation established by or counter to the first 8 lines. I’m not big on rules, though, other than the rhyme and syllable thing. I’m writing sonnets as a mental challenge, mostly, but once in a while one might be good. I started writing sonnets when I realized I just don’t have much more to say in one of my customary blog posts at the moment.

12 thoughts on “Rainy Day

  1. Wow! You managed to use the word “petrichor” in a sonnet. I had to write a few sonnets in school and am glad it’s you doing it and not me. We’re finally getting rain today, too.

    • The whole point of the sonnet was probably the word “petrichor.” 😀 I’m finding this sonnet challenge kind of fun and I’ve learned that it is a poetic form that gives itself to introspection which is kind of annoying but you can’t go swimming in a baseball glove…

  2. I love your sonnets! They read so smoothly… Glad you got a glimpse of some rain and hopefully Bear was able to bark some more home.

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