by Justin Clark
under the theme: RAIN
Everything is wet from yesterday’s rain. The grass next to you has a certain sparkle that only comes from rain- even the sprinklers can’t make it do that. The sidewalk is a dark grey, still not dry. The sun has been hiding all day long. Black clouds, dark but beautiful, have been resting in the sky. You feel the first drop on your forearm. You look around to see if there is a noticeable falling of rain. At first you are can’t see any. You start to think that you are delusional. You know that you felt it. You can see the drop. Then you feel the second one. The drop that reassures you that you aren’t crazy. You then feel the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, until you can’t keep up. You look at the puddle a couple feet away in a pothole made that winter. You can see the water droplets bouncing off the top of the puddle. You are getting wet but you don’t care. It isn’t cold, it feels nice.
The smell of rain comes from the ground and hits you. You close your eyes and imagine yourself running and spinning through the field in front of you. You can see the beauty that the rain is creating today. You see birds fly quickly to their nest. They need to shelter their chicks. You see a cat run from cover to cover trying to stay as dry as possible. Behind you on a busy street you see people running with umbrellas. Everyone but you wants to stay dry. Kids run to get their rain coats and big boots. They quickly run back out and with a grunt they fly through the air and hit the water. Their parents holler from the window to get inside. The kids can’t hear them they are having fun, blocking out any sort of negativity. You smile realizing that this rain doesn’t put people down, it brings life.
A different kind of life. Your hair wet droops over your eyes. You shake your head while smiling- water flies out of your hair. You imagine yourself as a dog after a bath. Your hair is immediately wet again and falls back into your eyes. This time you push it to the side. You hold out your hands and collect as much water as you can then open your hands and let the water splash against the ground. You hear your friend yell your name. You turn and see him waving you into his house. You don’t hurry you walk slowly enjoying your last moments in the second rain.