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Poem: Resurrection Rain

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This week’s Poet’s Corner contribution, continuing a hoped-for renewal theme from last week, is from Vivian Garner of Adelaide.

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Resurrection Rain

First the sharp smell of rain on sunbaked earth,
the acrid aroma of moisture on parched plants.
Slowly the odour changes, mutates, sweetens;
acrid grows savoury, sharp becomes tender, mellow.
The rumble of thunder gives way as gentler rain
becomes the kiss of raindrops on over-heated roofs.
Life returns, the land awakens.

Metal creaks as heat flees from aching rooftops.
Rain forms a curtain over the quieting land.
From opening blossoms perfume trickles, tickles
as stressed landscape relaxes into bliss
and the taint of fear-filled hints of smoky destruction
relapse into promise of resurrection rain.

Vivian Garner is a 2017 Masters Degree in Creative Writing graduate from Tabor College. She has had her poems published in Tabor’s annual anthology ‘Tales from the Upper Room’, the Hunter Writers Centre 2017 Grieve Anthology, and Canada’s Okanagan College journal ‘Sage-Ing’. Living in Adelaide’s CBD, she enjoys the art gallery, theatre events and other cultural opportunities there and is a member of two writing groups.

Readers’ original and unpublished poems of up to 40 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to Submissions should be in the body of the email, not as attachments. A poetry book will be awarded to each accepted contributor.


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