After the Rain

by mkvecchitto

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After the rain it all looked different, a reprieve

Those city streets covered in grease and grime

sparkling just enough to make us believe


Cracked and broken sidewalks glistened on a midsummer’s eve

almost beautiful, washed clean of blood and crime

After the rain it all looked different, a reprieve

That driving storm hid mothers who grieve

Strobes of police lights fading in elapsed time

sparkling just enough to make us believe

Illuminated by lightning, we were naïve

believing everything could change on a dime

After the rain it all looked different, a reprieve

When the sun rose to reveal all we did not achieve

the bells on that church tower began to chime

sparkling just enough to make us believe

And so we gathered, hoping to retrieve

the courage to face these mountains, shortcomings yet to climb

After the rain it all looked different, a reprieve

sparkling just enough to make us believe



photo: Pixabay

prompts: Random Noodling, WordPress Daily Post

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9 Comments to “After the Rain”

  1. A very good poem. Thanks for sharing!

  2. A reprieve. Don’t we all need that? Even if for only a moment, sometimes it is the pause that brings a fresh hope and pushes us further towards joy or onward through the pain. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Wow, beautiful poem. I love the phrase – “after the rain it all looked different, a reprieve.” Absolutely amazing. Well done!

  4. I love the villanelle in general, and your words in particular. True, the rain always makes everything seem clean again, fresh and new.

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