An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


There is something about rain in art which appeals to me. To be sure, I like all kinds of art, and I am especially drawn to photography of old windows, doors and barns, but there is something about rain that hits the bullseye of my soul.

I suppose some people wouldn't understand this trait, and possibly assume I'm melancholy, but that's not so at all.

There is music in the rain. The drumming on a rooftop, the soft crackling as it falls on a pile of autumn leaves, the swish of car tires on wet streets, the plip-plop of raindrops on an umbrella.

Rain is a backdrop for color. The grey and clouds make red raincoats, yellow pansies, a candle in a window, or a blue gazebo in the town square appear vibrant and alive.

Source: via Maria on Pinterest

Rain softens the hard edges of city life, so the street lights and shop windows glow and beckon.

I especially love the juxtaposition of a raging storm outside, and the calmness and warmth inside. For me, the perfect weekend is a rainy one in which we are all home.

And there is something about rain that makes me reach for a book of poetry ...

Souls And Rain-Drops
~by Sidney Lanier

Light rain-drops fall and wrinkle the sea,
Then vanish, and die utterly.
One would not know that rain-drops fell
If the round sea-wrinkles did not tell.

So souls come down and wrinkle life
And vanish in the flesh-sea strife.
One might not know that souls had place
Were't not for the wrinkles in life's face.


tiziana said...

Come hai saputo descrivere bene la pioggia...
Quando ero alle medie la nostra professoressa di francese ci ha fatto imparare una parte di una poesia di Paul Verlaine, me la ricordo ancora e quando piove la dico sempre:
Piove dolcemente sulla città

Piange il mio cuore
Come piove sulla città
Cos'è questo languore
Che penetra il mio cuore?
O dolce rumore della pioggia
Sulla terra e sopra i tetti!
Per un cuore che si annoia
Oh, il canto della pioggia
Ogni giorno di questo mese mi fai pensare a cose diverse, è molto bello!!

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

Rain here in Chicagoland does a great job of rinsing away the dirty snow piles this time of year. Love that...