Friday, February 28, 2020

Are You a Pluviophile?

"To be a poet is a condition, not a profession."
Robert Frost
Here is a poem for Poetry Friday!  Thanks, Karen Edmisten, for hosting today!


Fresh the drops that slowly soak
Into earth with gentle quenching
Crash and suddenly it pours

Kettles, buckets in great


Electric flashes pierce the sky

Then just as quickly as they came
Rumbles pass

Into the night and

Cease their
Knightish horseless battle

Leaving merely an

Esoteric essence,
Sweet tattle of spring

By Donna JT Smith

The prompt for Saturday, Feb. 29: 
Here's a heads up for tomorrow - the last day of Laura Shovan's birthday month treat of poetry writing about all things "water".  If you are not a member of this group but would like to try this, let me know where you have posted it on your blog or FB so we can all go read it! Or put it in the comments here.

Some new(?) vocabulary and music to "get you into the spirit" with the "rain" theme:

Are you a Pluviophile?  I did not know about this...

Pluviophile = a lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days.


Step 1: Write a form of poetry you have never tried before.  Here are two links to a bunch of poetic format descriptions:

Writers' Digest 100 Poetic Forms for Poets
Poem of Quotes: Types of Poems

Or if you don't like "going places", here are a few formats with their descriptions:

Tanka: The tanka is a Japanese form with five lines. The first and third lines have five syllables and the other lines have seven syllables each. The subject of the poem can be nature, as it is for haiku, but this isn’t required.

Ode: An ode is a poem addressed to a particular person, event, or thing, often meant to praise or glorify its subject. The ode is from ancient Greece. If you are addressing something/someone directly, you are writing an ode.

Epitaph: The epitaph is like the elegy, only shorter. It’s the kind of poem that might appear on a gravestone, although it doesn’t have to. It’s brief and it pays tribute to a person who has passed away or commemorates some other loss.

Ballad: A ballad tells a story. It’s an old, traditional form that was passed down orally from one generation to the next. Strictly speaking, ballads are written in quatrains, groups of four lines, and have a rhyme scheme of ABAB or ABCB. The lines alternate between having eight syllables and six syllables. But the ballad is a loose enough form that you can stray from the strict.

Epigram: An epigram is short and witty, often satirical, and have a surprising and funny ending. Epigrams don’t have to be poems, but they often are.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Epigram“:
Sir, I admit your general rule,
That every poet is a fool,
But you yourself may serve to show it,
That every fool is not a poet.

Step 2: Pair the poetic format with one of the famous quotes below, your poem #29 Saturday.

OR simply pick a quote you already have about rain and write whatever you like!
The main goal is to use a quote about rain as inspiration and try something new!

Quotes about rain:
  • A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener.
    Henry David Thoreau
  • We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.
    Jacques Yves Cousteau
  • Only when the sky cries can we publicly shed our tears.
    Kanashimi Raven
  • Some people feel the rain, others just get wet.
    Bob Marley
  • If the rain spoils our picnic but saves a farmer's crop, who are we to say it shouldn't rain?
    Tom Barrett
  • On a sunny clear day, you can improve your body; on a rainy fogy day, you can improve your mind!
    Mehmet Murat ildan
  • Only a select few are able to see the true beauty that lies behind what just might seem like a rainy day or a grey sky.
    Jessica M. Laar
  • I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.
    Dr. Seuss
  • I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
    Maya Angelou
  • I wonder what ants do on rainy days.
    Haruki Murakami
  • A rainy day is the perfect time for a walk in the woods.
    Rachel Carson 
  • Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.
    Bill Watterson
  • A rainy day is a special gift to readers.
    Amy Miles
  • The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

And remember -
"Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on."
Louis L'Amour


  1. Great song! I love how your poem is a brief comes and then passes leaving us quenched.

  2. You've reminded me of my Missouri growing-up days, that sudden storm, then as suddenly, gone. The prompt is terrific!

  3. Wow, Donna. I felt that storm. I have a photo I will try to send you via FB of the yard after a vicious summer storm. We were flooded for a bit. I also love that you shared that prompt. I am going to give it a try. If I get something I think I am willing to share I will come back to post! Poetry has to be part of a healing balm for so many woes.
    Janet Clare F.

  4. This prompt is terrific and I'm so excited to know the word "pluviophile"-- it describes my youngest daughter to a T! I love the "knightish horseless battle" in your poem. Great post!

  5. I love the word pluviophile. My mom is one, and I must share this post with her! :)

  6. Love the way your storm quickly builds and quickly leaves. And thanks for teaching the word pluviophile!


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