[I wrote this yesterday. Today, Sunday, it is a very beautiful sunny morning. Though, as I speak, there is a hint of water in the air. Soon, it might rain. Just wanted to share this with you out there!
A warm, slow rain.
Was raining when I woke up. My lovers warm body was too tempting. Too tempting by half. So, set off almost late for the morning. It was a drizzle then, but once out, I could see the dark thunderclouds to the east and I knew it was going to rain. Just prayed I would be able to get to work before the heavens opened up.
And they have, when I was already at work.
Rain over Kampala.
The sun is a favorite season, with the heat, and the brightness, and the sheer sense of light all around. But the rain is also a favorite season. True, the roads become ribbons of red mud, and we have to pick and choose where we step. The light is lost, and the overcast is usually heavy. But, usually, it does not last that much, which is a fantastic thing. Yet, when it is raining, the gentle drops on the roads, the splash of water as the vehicles go by, everything. It is a beautiful season.
Poetry, to me, is a wish, a desire, an itch
To take the world around me
Put it in words-
Not immortal, not transcendental,
That will lift from the spirit of the moment
Wrap in words to communicate;
Take muse's guidance
And make it sparkle and spin in words.
Take the day, today-
Grey skies, pregnant and heavy, releasing rain;
The mist of the morning, drizzle that will not let up,
Making so many of us, Kampalans
Uncomfortable with the, unusual wetness;
It is a bane
And a boon-
Muse's stirred, and listens
To the movement of the earth,
The faint stirring of the waters, though it be far off.
There's something in the air that I would put in words
Something in the skies, the dark clouds, the heavy mist
The traffic on the roads, the splash of rain on the streets;
The squish and squelch of water underfoot-
Common, common things
But nothing is more uncommon
Than me being here, listening to it, with the heart, the mind open.
Even my soul listens
To the mood of the moment-
Sombre ecstasy, the power of living, that of breathing-
There's something in the rain
And the skies, and the mood-
The heavy cars, rushing people
There's something beneath, that has muse stirring.
©GayUganda 20 September 2008