The feel of slow time

A new poem

about a little time together…



Abide with me.

We know enough

to sit, content,

not even a word between us.

No need to speak,

we mutely share our delight

at day’s end in

our accustomed bower.

A pattering rain comes and goes,

the shower scents remain,

and lingering drops escape

from drooping leaves,

to make a different silence,

and we have time to listen.

May 19, 2016

[I’m delighted to mention that this poem was inspired by a fellow poet’s musing, “One Way to Spend an Afternoon Together.” Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer posted her poem (click here) on her website,, on May 17, 2016. Rosemerry regularly writes poignant free verse that appeals to me. This one ends thus: “…Though the rain/is gone, the scent of rain persists./If we are quiet long enough,/it will say everything that must be said.” Often I take up the challenge of riffing on another poet’s work. In this case, I imagined I could write a scene in which there would be enough time for listening.]

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