A Brief Rainfall

by Glenn Currier

I light the candle on the desk
hoping that jumping flame
will rustle the fallen leaves
enough to find a small sprout

but the cinnamon spice scent
has me by the nose
demanding the shred of attention
I was hoping would linger
long enough to finish this.

Since I have sought in vain
nub enough of inspiration
to fuss a flurry from the dust
or at least a puff of spirit,

I went to Collins
but he couldn't stay in the moment
and Dennis' carping about the guy
who built across the street
ruining his view
were not enoughÂ….

or were they?

Here I am
fingers finding the letters
for a brief rainfall
in this long drought.


Author's Note: Thanks to Billy Collins' "In the Moment" and Carl Dennis"Unsent Letter from the Owner of 51 Summer Street" that provoked this brief rainfall. Here's hoping that there will be more to fill in the deep cracks in my dry lake bed.

Posted on 04/24/2007
Copyright © 2020 Glenn Currier

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Tony Whitaker on 04/24/07 at 08:39 AM

What an interesting, and beautiful, piece on writing in the moment. To capture that special "thing" while the mind searches for the words is what it is all about.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 04/26/07 at 01:41 PM

May the sprinkle soon become a shower!

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 04/29/07 at 02:19 PM

Lively, evocative read Glenn. Nice to read your work again, and here's to future rainfalls!

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