Rainsong and evensong

Double wayra. It’s raining again. Painting by Constable.

Rainsong and evensong

Counting raindrops drip-
dripping from the eaves into
water butts, brimming cloud-cold.
No sky in their mirror,
no birds disturb the steady count.

Who hears evensong
on rainy nights of flung drops
against the pane, shutter-creak
and wind in the chimney?
In the bird-hedge, it flutters, hushed.


Published by

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.

14 thoughts on “Rainsong and evensong”

  1. I love all the sounds in this.
    I love the wildness in that Constable painting.
    We may get thunderstorms tomorrow. We have crazy weather. It’s cold now in the 30s F, but tomorrow afternoon it’s going to be near 70 F, but with wind and rain. I think the sky might look like that.

    1. Thank you, and yes, there’s a lot of wild weather in that painting.
      I hope you didn’t get the storm, but if your temperatures are yo-yoing like that I can understand why you would!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s