Why do you have no love
for the rain? You should thirst for it.
There is no yang of sun
without the yin of rain.
How can you see a colour’s full
depth and breadth and height
under a cloudless sky?
It is only after nourishing rain
that plants show their true selves.
Only then that we can see green
has a rainbow of its own.
Some places have rainy seasons,
but the rain seasons us all.
Dew and mist, storms and showers,
let some rain into your heart.
David J. Kelly is an animal ecologist based in Dublin, Ireland. While his day job revolves around science writing, his light poetry and Japanese verse forms (haiku, tanka, haibun and haiga) have been published in a number of journals and anthologies. He aspires to publish a book of poetry one day, when he has enough suitable material. David is a member of The British Haiku Society and Haiku Ireland.