Distant thunder rumbling,
Approaching, ominous and foreboding,
Rain falling, wave after wave.
On such a morning
Some would call this
Not a good day.
But others, myself included,
Would, on reflection, choose to believe,
“This is a way the sun also shines,”
Lifting with celestial love
From its beloved child, the Earth,
That other essential of
The miracle of creation, somehow
Perfectly, wonderfully placed in space,
And I, with cupped hands
Accept a blessing from the rain,
Bathing face and body, lifting the spirit.
And if this day should bring good news
That you, beloved child,
Are no longer in peril,
Then surely this is the best of days,
Absolute, the sun and all the stars –
And on Earth, trumpets of thunder –
Rejoicing, the triumph of a new day.