Website of poet Elizabeth Rimmer

The Territory of Rain full poem

all the waterI didn’t put the whole poem up yesterday, because it’s been about a bit, (being the title poem of the new book and all) but then I thought I’d better.

The Territory of Rain
This is the territory of rain.
It is king here, more than cold or wind,
and all living is by negotiation
with flows and falls of water.

Earth and sky are heavy with it.
Peat grips it like a miser’s fist.
River runs muddy as rain sloughs
the silt from bank and hillside.
It winks between grass stems,
silvers pot-holes in the tarmac,
attacks roofs with soft persistent fingers,
slips like sorrow between slate and timber.

And yet, the heart lifts at the sound
of falling water. It ripples
and sings like a lullaby,
even when the river is at the doorstep,
even when the soaked ground
gasps for breath and roots begin to rot.

It is king here and we serve it
with macs and umbrellas,
catch its least drips in water-butts,
watch it punch small holes in ponds
delighted, even as we wish it elsewhere.

If you would like a copy to give anyone for Christmas, then it can be bought from Red Squirrel Press, or Inpress (please see the links page) but if you would like a signed copy, then please email me before the 16th of December, and I’ll send one. (Price £8.99, + £1 p+p).







2 responses to “The Territory of Rain full poem”

  1. Hilaire Avatar

    I was missing your blog and hoping you were ok. Didn’t realise you had moved!

    1. Elizabeth Avatar

      Hi Hilaire! It’s good to hear from you too. I still follow yours, and I really liked your most recent post.Could you message me about buying your book, please?

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