rejectomorph (flying_blind) wrote,


I didn't go to the stores this afternoon, having been warned that the main part of town had suffered a power outage. Without their various electric and electronic devices, modern stores turn into very slow time machines, and I had no desire to hunt goods through dim aisles and then stand in line while the checkers practiced their rusted skills of calculating purchases by hand. I stayed home, where (thankfully) the power remained on.

All day the rain fell and made the roof a drum, made the leaves shake like soft cymbals. Rivulets caught the gray sky's light and pooled it in the ground's low spots, or carried it along the street's verge where the water snatched whatever bits of decay autumn had cast near and carried them off to make cluttered dams in which yet more light collected. The whole day glistened and flashed, sang and danced.

After spending a brief time lashing the street furiously, the rain slowed with evening, and soon ended. Since then there has been only the slowing drip of water from the trees for an hour or so, followed by silence. The remaining cicadas are, of course, utterly still. It's going to get quite chilly tonight, and no warm days are due. Shopping tomorrow, and maybe there will be a bit of sunlight to dazzle the damp world. The acquisition of eggs will make brownies a certainty. October has been good this year, and I hope its final week will continue the pattern.

Sunday Verse

As One Listens to the Rain

by Octavio Paz

Listen to me as one listens to the rain,
not attentive, not distracted,
light footsteps, thin drizzle,
water that is air, air that is time,
the day is still leaving,
the night has yet to arrive,
figurations of mist
at the turn of the corner,
figurations of time
at the bend in this pause,
listen to me as one listens to the rain,
without listening, hear what I say
with eyes open inward, asleep
with all five senses awake,
it's raining, light footsteps, a murmur of syllables,
air and water, words with no weight:
what we are and are,
the days and years, this moment,
weightless time and heavy sorrow,
listen to me as one listens to the rain,
wet asphalt is shining,
steam rises and walks away,
night unfolds and looks at me,
you are you and your body of steam,
you and your face of night,
you and your hair, unhurried lightning,
you cross the street and enter my forehead,
footsteps of water across my eyes,
listen to me as one listens to the rain,
the asphalt's shining, you cross the street,
it is the mist, wandering in the night,
it is the night, asleep in your bed,
it is the surge of waves in your breath,
your fingers of water dampen my forehead,
your fingers of flame burn my eyes,
your fingers of air open eyelids of time,
a spring of visions and resurrections,
listen to me as one listens to the rain,
the years go by, the moments return,
do you hear the footsteps in the next room?
not here, not there: you hear them
in another time that is now,
listen to the footsteps of time,
inventor of places with no weight, nowhere,
listen to the rain running over the terrace,
the night is now more night in the grove,
lightning has nestled among the leaves,
a restless garden adrift-go in,
your shadow covers this page.

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