When it Rains

Hans DietmannOne day, without warning,

mud washed down the

mountain and coverd my

life in thick grayness.

I had not given much

thought to the increasing

number of stormy days.

Nor had I realized that

minor events had a way

of accumulating until

even carefully constructed

walls could not

stop the flow.


Some good did come of

the unwelcomed mess.

I learned to pay attention

to even the slightest sprinkle,

and that carrying an umbrella

was not a sign of weakness.


One lesson took a bit

longer to soak in:

It is rain that brings the mud,

and rain that washes it away.


When it Rains by Jean Sheldon is a poem from a collection of poetry titled, Persistent.

2015-04-08_1947“In Persistent,accomplished mystery writer Jean Sheldon turns her considerable talents to the poetic form, condensing personal experience into the exquisite expression of thought, emotion and revelatory moment.” Laurence Overmire

Persistent  is available  at Amazon

Umbrella image by Hans Dietmann, Pixabay