The Sunday Poem: Katrina K. Guarascio... Late Summer Rain

Ah…who hasn't run outside when those raindrops begin to fall.  Katrina K. Guarascio has.  And even though the rain now might seem such a distant memory, the sensuality of it all has not been lost.

Katrina K. Guarascio's most recent book is They Don't Make Memories Like That Anymore....

Late Summer Rain

Lightning comes on August afternoons,
the quiet violence of a forgotten lord.

She watches the sky cloud
and counts the seconds until the thunder comes.

A summer storm,
like the ignition of a flame or the
pulsation of an eye staring too intently
at a face looking away.
She likes to walk barefoot on the wet pavement,
run through muddy wheat fields,
and balance butterflies on her slick fingertips.

This afternoon ritual,
like a lover’s return,
lifts her head and fills her body.
She is fresh, alive and new.

Every time she gives up, she can find a new reason to try again,
even if it’s just for the late summer rain.

She closes her eyes and sucks in her breathe,
her counting ceases as the thunder comes.


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Comment by Julie Brokken on September 2, 2012 at 10:03am

balancing butterflies!  thank you dear heart!

Comment by Margaret Randall on September 2, 2012 at 10:24am

As the season begins to turn, so many Sunday morning poems bring us elements of this breathtaking land and sky, this volatile weather and great natural drama we in New Mexico call home. Thank you for this lovely poem, Katrina, that reminds us we can find so much more than weather in weather.

Comment by Izquierdo on September 2, 2012 at 12:32pm

I like the tie-in between the fourth line and last line. We've all counted seconds during thunder storms, an indication that we are involved with the storm, not merely passively aware of it, which is how I feel anytime there is thunder and lightning in my area. Yes, it's all very refreshing -- the bare feet, the butterflies and the poem itself. Well done. Thanks. 

Comment by Dee Cohen on September 2, 2012 at 1:19pm

Sweet poem. Thanks, Dee

Comment by Merimee Moffitt on September 2, 2012 at 2:44pm

pretty, katrina, visual and wet--you must be getting more rain than we are!  I have rain memories . ..

Comment by Katrina K Guarascio on September 2, 2012 at 9:44pm

Thank you to everyone who read my poem today! I greatly appreciate your time and comments. If you are interested is seeing more of my musings, please check out my blog: Swimming with Elephants at


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