The Rain From that Day
The season was early Spring I think
And that day it was Raining
Small Drops tumbling down from the sky
To form Puddles and little streams of Water on the ground
The air around us was moist and heavy
With the pleasant scent of Rain and Spring
The earth beneath our feet turned silently around on its axis,
But it may have stopped; I’m not sure.
Because time seemed to stand still as we stood there together,
On that distant hill holding hands
Looking up at the Gray sky full of Clouds
As the falling Rain splashed down
And created circles that overlapped one another
In the Puddles of Water by our feet.
Neither of us spoke, for there was no need for words
No need to break the infinite silence.
We stood huddled together on the hill
As the Rain continued to fall gently from the Sky.
A sense of peace washed over me
As I listened to the rhythmic beating of my heart
Along with the Pattering of Raindrops as they hit the ground.
The Wind played gently with her long dark hair
As Droplets of Water on her arms and face
Sparkled like tiny diamonds in the Gray light.
I opened my mouth to tell her
The words I longed my whole life to say
But the silence was so powerful; I didn’t want to break it
And the Rain continued its descent around us.
She pushed wet locks of hair from her face
And turned to me; our eyes met
And I was startled by the overwhelming love
Hidden deep within her eyes, the color of the Sky above our heads
And she smiled
A sweet smile with salty tears
Trickling from the corners of her eyes, down her cheeks
To mingle with the Drops of Water falling from the Heavens
She whispered in a soft and gentle voice
Her eyes searched mine as the Rain fell around us
“I’m so sorry.”
Her words were full of love and longing
And they were the last I ever heard her speak,
Etched forever upon my heart and mind
I shall never forget them; nor shall I forget
The way she looked as she stood motionless in the Rain
Her hand in mine
Her hair soaked in Rainwater and her face like porcelain
In the weak light trying to break through the clouds
And her light Gray eyes like pools of emotion
As we stood in the cold Rain tumbling down from the sky.
I didn’t say anything and silence reigned once more
As we stood together on the distant hill; holding hands
Watching and listening to the Rain as it continued to fall
Beneath our feet the earth was turning as though it had never stopped.
I never got a chance to ask her
Why she was apologizing, because only a few days later
Her fragile heart stopped its steady beat
And now I stand alone on the hill crying
Because I will never be able to tell her
What I have longed to tell her all my life.
So I just close my eyes and recall
The peaceful memory of her hand in mine
And as tears continue to fall from my eyes
And as sobs continue to escape my lips
I cling to the fading memory of our fingers intertwined
And take comfort in the almost insignificant fact
That the Rain from that day is still falling.