A bride, a trickster and naked rain
Sun-rain and mushroom rain hurricane.
I want to see a rainbow and maybe ghost rain
But in Italy the cat is making love again.
Chickens outside paralysed of glittering rain
And the tricksy fox ate them plain.
I am just standing drenched in blind rain
Chasing the VIBGYOR in raindrops on windowpane.
A lying sun standing proud in shadow rain
The devil beating his wife unrestrained.
Liquid sunshine, Jon sunshowers
Maybe it’s just all devil’s fair, that afternoon rain.
This poem is inspired by Natalie Shampero’s prose by the same name. She has attractively described the phenomenon and the various cultural folk tales behind this fanciful event. You can read Natalie’s take here.
(A sun shower is a meteorological phenomenon in which rain falls while the sun is shining.The phenomenon has a wide range of remarkable folkloric names in cultures around the world. A common theme is that of clever animals and tricksters getting married or related to the devil.
Like In Italy they say “Piove e c’è il sole, la gatta fa l’amore” which means “It rains with the sun, the (female) cat is making love. In Hungary a sunshower is said to show that “the devil is beating his wife” because he is angry God created a beautiful day. The rain is said to be his wife’s tears. And so on.)