Rain

Now that the traditional rainy Cardiff summer has arrived,  and I’ve just watched an old black-and-white movie on DVD, I thought I’d share this, the title poem of a marvellous collection by Don Paterson.

 
I love all films that start with rain:
rain, braiding a windowpane
or darkening a hung-out dress
or streaming down her upturned face;

one long thundering downpour
right through the empty script and score
before the act, before the blame,
before the lens pulls through the frame

to where the woman sits alone
beside a silent telephone
or the dress lies ruined on the grass
or the girl walks off the overpass,

and all things flow out from that source
along their fatal watercourse.
However bad or overlong
such a film can do no wrong,

so when his native twang shows through
or when the boom dips into view
or when her speech starts to betray
its adaptation from the play,

I think to when we opened cold
on a rain-dark gutter, running gold
with the neon of a drugstore sign,
and I’d read into its blazing line:

forget the ink, the milk, the blood—
all was washed clean with the flood
we rose up from the falling waters
the fallen rain’s own sons and daughters

and none of this, none of this matters.

And, while I’m on the theme of rain, why not add this great song by Leonard Cohen?

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7 Responses to “Rain”

  1. Leonard Cohen – a former scientologist apparently.

  2. Are you quite sure this blog doesn’t have an agenda?

  3. Rhodri Evans Says:

    Thanks for the Leonard Cohen!

  4. Alan Penny Says:

    According to some unsourced newspaper reports Cohen has at times briefly flirted with Scientology. He did however spend 1994-1999 in a Zen Buddihst monastery in California.

    • Of course, he was originally Jewish. According to some reports, scientology was something he tried out back in 1968. I think a lot of things were tried out in 1968 by a lot of people who have since moved on to other things.

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