“Contemplation On Rain And Religion” by Jeff Gundy

(I’m borrowing the following poem from the December 2011 issue of The Sun Magazine.)

“Contemplation On Rain And Religion” by Jeff Gundy

I’ve decided that I’m religious but not spiritual. –Gregory Wolfe

I always feel more religious in the sunshine,
especially if it’s not hot and the place is pretty

and most people can’t afford to get there or just
don’t bother. Morning has broken and all that.

And so the rattle of rain on the tarp doesn’t really
make me count my blessings, the stray drops

beading my borrowed rain pants don’t bring
me bliss, the fact of fewer mosquitoes

than yesterday does not make my heart leap up.
But I know that one day I must learn

to give up for good on getting dry,
to love the hiss of water meeting water,

the gray lake accepting the gray rain,
so little between them, our slender place

between the great sky and the stones.
Hold tight, I tell my heart, here we go.

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