Rainy day Woman

The sky grey-lagged
Feathered clouds in flight northward
Spat serious intent. A weather warning
Not wide enough of some wild blackberries
– But still I contested, and still the bee
Bumbled over late pink blooms.

My fingers too inched gingerly between briars
A purple-stained greed that ran with rain.
I hurried on the showerproof hood
heading homeward, head bent
with torrents timpaning a resolute beat
on blue-black plastic.

Couples clustering under umbrellas
Puddle-jumped in conversation,
Bedraggled dogs aborted walks
Bubble-wrapped prams and pushchairs wove
Wheelie patterns on the pavement. All this I saw
Before I reached the door, sodden
But home from the harvest.

Title gives a nod to Dylan & and I'm dropping in to the poets pub where Grace is hosting Open Link Night 

28 Comments on “Rainy day Woman

  1. I would love to have some blackberries to harvest… wouldn’t mind some rain actually as long as I could capture such a treasure. We picked a lot of blueberries this summer, but our cellar can take more jam I think.

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  2. This is incredibly gorgeous, Laura! 💜 I especially admire the second stanza with its fresh and captivating imagery; “My fingers too inched gingerly between briars/A purple-stained greed that ran with rain.” Wow! You have me yearning for some blackberries as well! 🙂

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  3. Wow, I love the energy, hard intent of that rain and word compound Laura. Good harvest for you.
    There are favorite parts:
    The sky grew grey-lagged
    A purple-stained greed that ran with rain.
    Puddle-jumped in conversation,

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  4. Great cloud and weather images. Loved us contesting and the bee bumbling over the last of the flower blooms. Too bad you got wet!! Love it!!

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  5. I climbed inside this poem and wrapped it around me, Laura; it reminded me of blackberry picking with my daughter and grandson at the beginning of August. We have some big, shiny blackberries on the brambles by our front window – I must pick them. The grey-lagged sky with feathered clouds is like the one I photographed this morning, which is now clearing up, so no serious intent spitting yet today! I love the phrase ‘purple-stained greed that ran with rain’ and the alliterative and rhythmic ‘torrents timpaning a resolute beat on blue-black plastic’. The final stanza is a word painting of a perfect rainy day.

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  6. Evokes such vivid images of everything you describe! What we call ‘Kopfkino’ (head cinema) in German 🙂

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  7. This is artfully composed, sonorous and smooth in the sweetness of blackberry-picking, all the while stressed by impending storm. Two worlds intersecting in the speaker, who defiantly savors one world while another threatens. Well done. – Brendan

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  8. “A purple-stained greed that ran with rain.” – wonderful.

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  9. A lovely poem–I can imagine this “rainy day woman” determined in her blackberry picking despite the weather, while observing it all around her. For some reason, I liked the couples who
    ” clustering under umbrellas
    Puddle-jumped in conversation.” And then the sound of all those b and p words.

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  10. Brought back many memories of blackberry picking and “purple stained greed.” Wonderful word artistry! Thoroughly enjoyed the read, Rainy Day Woman. 🙏

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