No doubt these big raindrops

are the fruit

rewarding prayers. — Buson (trans. Merwin)

Waiting for rain, I

carry my umbrella. Grass

crunches as I walk.

With every step,

a prayer to end the drought.

The heavens open;

despite my efforts,

my umbrella is stuck shut.

I get wet, happy

as a dog, made a-

ware prayers are answered for

the poor in spirit.

Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Cranston RI and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at and other sites.

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