Head in the rain


Listening to the drip drip of rain on the migraine

and feeling the earth soak beneath boots, sinking


unstable and the air full of shimmering, I walk

beneath dripping trees, where birds watch for worms,


and the background noise shrinks to the song of

nightingales, tirelessly ignoring storm and downpour.


I walk a path between grasses shoulder high, bowed

by lead crystal drops, and the clamour soothes,


cooling the blood with rain drip dripping

from the pigeon-grey eaves of the sky.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

26 thoughts on “Head in the rain”

    1. The house is on the side of a hill, there are no foundations and no damp course so the back of the house is below ground level and….damp. Husband dug out the start of a damp course a few days ago when it was hot. We now have a moat.

  1. Sorry about the migraine. I thought the shimmering sounded lovely, too–sorry it turned into a deluge. But now we know that salamanders seem to like it. ๐Ÿ˜

    1. It’s gone now thanks, and it wasn’t a really bad one. Yes, shimmering rain is fine, but it really poured yesterday and it isn’t over. Now we have the amphibian swimming pool, it’s only reasonable that the weather keeps it full ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I hope your migraine is gone now.
    I remember some houses with perpetually flooded basements when I was growing up. I wonder why we didn’t have a sump pump. (K)

  3. My sister has migraines. If the rain and nightingale-song help, I’ll recommend them to her. I hope this is what “cooling the blood” means. In the comments, the rain has gone from light to heavier than heavy. I hope the moat is working. I hope everyone there is safe and not storm-damaged.

    1. It was a mild attack so I only took Ibuprophene for it. It calmed it but I don’t like taking the heavy duty migraine tablet unless I have to. I’d advise drugs for a bad migraine. In this particular case, the rain and birdsong was soothing.
      The moat is a disaster. It’s going to be weeks before it empties. I hope the salamanders enjoy it.

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