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Luscious Rain
Shirley Radcliff Bruton


It's been raining
a lot
luscious rain

Stepping into the saturated aftermath
a cold dampness makes my body shudder

Negotiating puddles to fetch the paper
I wonder
Where are those little frogs
with their bigger than life croaks?
Are the birdís nests all wet and uncomfortable?
Are the earthworms plump with moist compost?

And where have the spiders gone?

I see their glistening webs dangle, worn and tattered

The boletus*
hmm the boletus
expose yourselves please
we want to eat you up


This poem first appeared in This ín That (2020).
Used here with permission.

Shirley Radcliff Bruton says her poetry arrived “circuitously,” first appearing in performance art pieces in New York and California, then as parts of a script revealing moods, intentions and emotions. “I didn’t know they were poems then,” she admits. “Now I see my writing as a kind of investigation that offers greater insight into life and who I am in it.” Shirley, who lives in a rural area of California’s central coast, is the co-author of This ’n That, a collection of poetry, and Tales From a Rocky Coast, Vol. 1, an anthology of diverse voices. Forthcoming in 2021 are two new books—Jake, for young adult readers, and Z, for children five and up—plus a performance chapbook, Quiet Spaces. Learn more about Shirley here.

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Larry Schug:
As I was reading this poem aloud, I picked up my guitar and began to strum a bit. This slowed my reading and I was more appreciative of each line. I very much like the questions in the middle of the poem left for the reader to answer.
Posted 06/07/2021 08:12 AM

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