The Sunday Poem: Mark Justice Hinton... Whispering, "Rain!"

Rain is on everyone's mind.  In this poem Mark Justice Hinton walks and listens among the cottonwoods that make up the Rio Grande Bosque.

April is National Poetry Month and for the second year in a row HInton is writing a daily poem.  They are available to be read (and heard) on his famous edgewiseblog group of websites. One could do worse in these tense political times than to spend a few moments scrolling down and/or listening to the words of MJH.

Mark Justice HInton is an Albuquerque blogging icon.  He is also the author of six books in the "For Dummies" series concerning Window 7 and digital photography.


Whispering, "Rain!"

In this dry year,

the cottonwood leaves linger

late in December.

They rattle

a parched prayer

or poem, perhaps.

Whispering, “rain,”

they stay long past

their fellows fallen 

into mulch in the gutter.

Whispering, “rain,”

they cling to their post

on sacred duty.

Whispering, “rain,”

they cannot let go

as clouds gather.

Whispering, “rain,”

they will not drop

until they are answered.

Whispering, “Rain!”


Poetry submissions are welcome.  Email

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Comment by Margaret Randall on April 10, 2011 at 8:06am
A good poem to be reading while sitting in LaGuardia airport in New York, heading for points north. Makes me even more homesick for New Mexico!
Comment by cathyray on April 10, 2011 at 10:40am
I am whispering rain myself
Comment by chantal on April 10, 2011 at 9:57pm
Mark was one of the original contributing bloggers on Duke City Fix back in 2005. Thanks for sharing his words here once again!
Comment by Barelas Babe on April 10, 2011 at 10:04pm
Like Margaret Randall, I'm reading this from the east coast and missing Albuquerque. I prefer living where rain is cherished and celebrated - this poem captures that so well!
Comment by mjh on April 11, 2011 at 11:56am
Thanks, all. We live in a poetic space.
Comment by Dee Cohen on April 11, 2011 at 4:40pm
Sweet poem. Thank you. Dee


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