Rain

 

There is rain on the window and rain on the door;

The garden is swimming in yellows and greens.

Whoever comes in leaves wet trails on the floor,

While we at the table are painting bright scenes.

 

The rain in the chimney hisses and spits;

The fire is made up and it struggles and roars;

A giant that shivers in spasms and fits

That wants to go raging about out of doors.

 

We draw and we paint, we use crayon and brush,

And perhaps comes a neighbour to drink tea and yarn.

If outside in the tumult there comes a brief hush

And the rain eases off, then we make for the barn.

 

Let them sit by the chiollagh and talk till they doze:

In the barn we have room for many a fling,

If the rain comes down harder, then – why, no-one knows –

We stamp on the floor, and we shout, and we sing.

 

Mona’s Herald     12.2.63