Rain Clouds


When the blinding sunlight darkens, and the sky
covered with thick black clouds suggests rain, I take my
flute out and stand under the Banyan tree, and call her; my
home-made reed lets the notes float through the wind
and urge her to come and play with me. Just like we did
when we were kids.

I hear the thunder, and my heart wants to open up and embrace
that sound. We thought that god was rolling large balls on the floor of his
sky! I see the farmer and his wife, stop and look at the sky with smiles,
waiting for those large drops of rain, hands arrested on their ploughs.
My own heart longs to hear the music of bells in her ankles
running towards me, with, “ Raaaju, it is going to rain!” The memory of
lilt in her voice calling my name, feels like a boulder in my chest.

Rain clouds, they mesmerize me. They fill me up. My eyes closed,
my arms open, my face open to the heavens, keeps whispering,
“Your Raju is here. I am playing your tune on this reed you gave me,
come play with me. Let’s dance to the rhythm of the falling rain, and
let’s forget Time’s betrayal, and remember only the devotion of love.

ZSA_MD (c) April 19 2016.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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23 Responses to Rain Clouds

  1. kaylar says:

    wow. knocked out. lovely!

  2. mrswrangler says:

    Hope you get some rain

  3. slmret says:

    There’s something magical about the sound of thunder and the rain that accompanies it!

    • Zakiah says:

      I knowww! The skies were a-rumbling and continued to do so even after the rain. Even though it was damp, I opened the patio door to listen to it. Made my heart sing.

    • Zakiah says:

      I haven’t seen a post or photographs from you in a long while Janet. Hope you are doing very well.

      • slmret says:

        Thanks for asking, Zakiah! I’ve done a couple of quick posts recently, but have been caught up in other things for the last two or three months. I have been lurking, but poetry is not my thing, and doesn’t inspire much in the way of comments! And when I take the camera with me, there’s not much new to see. Today I was seeing some newness, and I may do a day trip tomorrow down the coast to the Flower Fields — look for photos soon if I do that! I’m doing well — just a little problem with a knee I twisted in the winter, and another bout with sciatica that I’m trying not to inflame. Otherwise, all is well!

    • Zakiah says:

      I am sorry you have problem with sciatica and with your knee, Janet. Hope that takes care of itself very soon. I will look forward to seeing the pictures. I went to xanga and looked for you for almost three or four pages of “Reading”, but couldn’t find you. Will go there again to see if I have missed the posts.
      take care. Hugs.

  4. Wow–love this.
    I love rain/thunderstorms. Seems cleansing to me. 😉

  5. This brought joy-tears to my eyes, SweetZ! I can feel the love of Raju and his wife! So beautiful! I love rain and clouds! They bring me a sense of hope and peace! Their is joy…dancing-joy…in their music!
    Great cloud pics, too!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  6. I imagine, Zakiah, the sweet sounds of your flute orchestrated by the thunder and the raindrops.
    Love ❤

  7. Zakiah says:

    Thank you dear Michel. Rain, clouds, thunder make me write! ❤ ❤
    Have a wonderful day.

  8. marica0701 says:

    I love the sound of thunder with rain 🙂

    Lovely photos!

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