By Bill Berkowitz
"Rain is for the living" (for all outdoor Aquafitters)
Rain can be predictable,
but it has its own timetable.
It comes when it chooses.
Rain lets you know you are alive.
Sometimes, when the weather people
call it an atmospheric river,
it comes in waves and doesn't dither.
Unless your roof is leaking,
you can stay indoors and peer out the window and marvel at rain's insistence.
There is nothing you can do to stop it.
Rain may drizzle its way into your heart,
or carve a new rivulet down your driveway.
It’s not always about downed trees and power outages,
but if that happens, here come the local news reporters decked out in galoshes
and excitedly reporting about it.
Rain will drip and drop, pound the ground.
Rain will awaken the spring's flowers.
Rain will have you humming old songs:
Mother taught us "Rain rain go away, so Billy and Judi can go out an play."
"Raindrops keep falling on my head";
"I wish it would rain";
"It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring";
"Oh we are puddle jumping in Paris..."
Wind, rain's buddy, may turn your umbrella inside out, twist your poncho into knots.
Rain slaps your car, bites at your ankles, puddles up in unusual places, and tests your windshield wipers.
Rain comes to visit on the most hectic of days, and the most silent of nights.
Rain let's you know you are alive.
Rain is for the living.