Thursday, September 1, 2022

Some Other Names

I view poems as a magic invitation (for writer or reader, adult or child) to sit for a while with a question or sensation, and explore it in your own way.
~Kate Wakeling

For Poetry Friday, what looks like a fun mentor poem to me! Kate Wakeling's Some Other Names for Rain:

Some Other Names for Rain
by Kate Wakeling

I call you the eyelash rinser
and windowpane racer.

I call you cloud soup.

I call you the tongue tickler,
sock seeper,
hair hassler
and ankle surpriser
(when paired with a passing car).

I call you sky spittle.

I call you leaf polisher.

I call you the pavement drummer
and umbrella summoner.

I call you a brigade of micro water bombs
having a skirmish with the lawn.

I call you the puddle artist
who will only draw circles.

I call you a sprinkle of ocean,
far from home.


TeacherDance has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Linda!


Irene Latham said...

Thank you for this rain poem, Tabatha! (I collect rain poems for my rain-loving son.) xo

Linda B said...

It is one to keep, you're right, Tabatha. I adore all that she shared about rain, something it feels like we know little about here. I'd love to have some of that "sky spittle" or "pavement drummer". Thanks!

Sally Murphy said...

I love this - and agree it would be a great mentor poem. I especially like 'sky spittle'. Thanks for sharing.

Linda Mitchell said...

Absolutely fanTAStic! Consider this already shared with middle schoolers! Thanks so much.

Heidi Mordhorst said...

This is a great one, leading in all kinds of directions for exploring! Let me go meet this Kate Wakeling now...

Michelle Kogan said...

Wonderful and sooo fun, I love the art too, and so many of the lines. I've already saved it to pin up–great pic too, thanks Tabatha!

mbhmaine said...

Oh! This is wonderful! I love all these creative ways to think of rain. It's essentially full of kennings, isn't it (minus the hyphens)? As others have mentioned, this is a fabulous mentor poem. Thanks so much for sharing it, Tabatha!

Patricia Franz said...

Ooh...yes! I feel a poetry prompt coming on, NEVERMORES! Thanks for sharing this, Tabatha!

Mary Lee said...

I have another name for rain -- sleep-disrupter! But I'm not complaining. It has been a gift to get a .7" soaker so that I don't have to unroll the hose today. (So it's also a hose-rester...okay, I'm in. It's a great mentor poem. Off to copy it into my notebook!)

Denise Krebs said...

Tabatha, what a fun poem you've shared today. I wonder how long it took her to collect/come up with all those synonyms for rain. I especially love the closing: "a sprinkle of ocean / far from home."

Cathy said...

Ha! I’m listening to rain patter on our rooftop while reading this. I guess I should call it roof tapper. Ha! Fun poem.