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Showers by Marcia Meara




Huddled and sighing
Inside the tent,
Boredom a damp presence
Keeping him company,
While Dad naps
To the sound of the rain.


Comic books scattered,
On his rumpled cot.
Superheroes as powerless
As little boys, while
The day spills water
Over all his plans.


No fishing today.
Those shimmery trout
Are safe in the stream.
No hiking alone,
That’s the rule.
What’s left to do?


Quietly, he crawls outside,
His stifled squeals
Turning to laughter
As the ice-cold water
Tickles his back.
This could be fun!


Rain falls harder.
He splashes wildly
Through silvery puddles,
Arms flung wide,
Laughing louder, and
Doing a rain dance all his own.


Awake now, Dad laughs, too,
Tossing him a bar of soap.
He grins at this new idea.
A rain shower? 
Why not, says Dad. May as well,
Once your rain dance is done, that is. 


   – Marcia Meara –

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love

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9 thoughts on “Showers by Marcia Meara

  1. This is utterly delightful, Marcia. I can picture this as a lovely children’s book. It’s just the sort of poem I’d have enjoyed reading to my sons when they were little.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀


    • Thank you, Wendy. It’s actually part of a little virtual chapbook of poetry. The first half of the book is called Mac At Ten, and features the main male character from my novel (Wake-Robin Ridge) when he was a little boy, spending his summers in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I sort of fell in love with Mac as a boy, while I was writing the book, and wanted to include a few poems in the back about this period in his life. They grew into enough to combine with some other poems and make up a book (Summer Magic) which I published a couple of months ago. I’m glad you like this one. This little boy is very real to me. (But then, so are most of the voices in my head! 😀 )


  2. It’s amazing how things change as you grow up. I can remember running around outside in the rain on a warm afternoon when I was little–but now when I’m rained on, I’m looking forward to a change of clothes, not splashing in puddles.

    I love how this poem reminds me of those carefree days, when getting soaked was fun–until my mom would catch me. 😉


    • Oh, to be a kid of ten again, eh? At least in some regards. But you know, if we just look at things from a different perspective, some of that COULD be fun again. Nicki and I went nursery shopping in the rain one day, and we had so much fun. Of course, it wasn’t a downpour, but we were definitely wet. And cool. Now I think we should have splashed in puddles, too, instead of walking around them. 🙂 Glad you like this one, Caitlin. Thanks for stopping by.


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