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the california rain

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-the california rain-
I wake up to the sound of gray beats,
Water falling from the roof overhang.
Some drops split apart to puddles on the table,
Others are content with the ground.
Right at the edge of the table, the edge of a circle,
Is where I hear the beat.
Tik tik tik TAK tik tik tik tik tik tik TAK tik tik TAK tik tik
It's enough to make me get up, plug in my keyboard,
And try to mimic the beat. I have no trouble mimicking nature;
All we need to know is in that watery fall.

Some people are sick of the rain, and I have to admit
If I had anywhere to drive today, I might be one of them.
But in this sudden, prolonged shower,
The trees stand out from the sky,
Make the bland-painted buildings fade into the background.
The sky seems so light as to push the mountains way over the tracks
Right into the street. I swear I could climb their marble-smooth blue purple mottled slate,
I could drive into that color and would come out changed: pure love
(which, of course, would quickly fly away from here).

Soon, this comma shape smooth soft whip profile low cold front
Will be twirling itself further inland, away from our coast,
Away from drenched segments of land and plant and stone and steel;
Northridge, Escondido; El Segundo, Azusa, Arcadia.
On to the greater good of the country, I guess.
But, for now,
On this church absent sunday,
It's all mine to remind me why I have faith to begin with.

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Martie
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Wonderful poem--loved the end.  I'm a Californian too, Glendora...and it was a paper boat down the gutter day here, and wind blowing of the shingles..Nice to be inside and listen...

 In the dew of little things,
the heart finds its morning
and is refreshed.
(ee cummings)
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I live in California too. (Valencia) I did go to church though. Nice!
bboog
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Martie, glad you enjoyed. I'm from Northridge, myself -- moved eight months ago from New Hampshire. The closest I've been to Glendora so far is Glendale, but that will change as funds permit (working for the Daily News doesn't bring in much dough; oh well).

bboog,
I'm sure I'll go to church, too, once I find one. I used to go to one with a friend in Burbank, but the pastor kept preaching about supporting Prop 22, not actual religion and faith. Just "I believe gays should be given a fair share," and then basically going against his word in very hypocritical reasoning. Forget that crap. I want to learn about and put faith in god, not some agenda.

Mike
 
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