Earthworms are burrowing through softer soil today, among all the roots that are drawing water back skyward. In the nearby vales the frogs must be crouching in fresh mud along their stream banks. Perhaps they are already croaking, celebrating the freshness of the swifter water, but if so, from this distance the rain drowns their sounds and I can't hear them. Or perhaps they are waiting for the silvered sky above them to darken just a bit more before they begin their evening performance. They won't have to wait long. The sun will soon be setting, invisibly, due west, its going marked only by the darkening of the world.
For now,the only sound I hear other than the rain and the rustling of the trees is the chattering of a flock of woodpeckers among a nearby clutch of pines. They will soon fall silent, but the rain's pattering, or drumming when it grows stronger, will continue into the darkness. Perhaps later I'll catch a glimpse of moon when a thinner patch of clouds drifts across its path to my yard, and maybe I'll hear the frogs during lulls in the storm. But it's going to be wet for many hours to come. Tomorrow evening there might be a visible sunset, but tonight there will be only the persistent rain. I expect to enjoy it tremendously, and then have it sing me to sleep.
by Alice Oswald
Green, grey and yellow, the sea and the weather
Instantiate each other and the spectrum
Turns in it like a perishable creature.
The sea is old but the blue sea is sudden.
The wind japans the surface. Like a flower,
each point of contact biggens and is gone.
And when it rains the senses fold in four.
No sky, no sea – the whiteness is all one.
So I have made a little moon-like hole
With a thumbnail and through a blade of grass
I watch the weather make the sea my soul,
which is space performed on by a space;
and when it rains, the very integer
and shape of water disappears in water.