“Rain Waiting to be Born”


(Watercolor, Jane Kohut-Bartels, 2004?)

Second day of summer, much like late spring and we haven’t any real storms in Atlanta to take away the dust and parchedness.  I am praying for rain, any rain.  A good thunderstorm (sans tornado) would be nice about now.

Lady Nyo


I feel the rain waiting to be born.
I hear the banshee wind
Racing around eaves,
Scaring the haunts in the attic,
Making hambone frenzy with
Powdery limbs.


Trees now tilting whirligigs
Ancient pin, water oaks
Dancing St. Germaine’s dance–
Frenzy below amongst quilted colors
Ruffling the feathers of nature
Tossing the spectrum wide.

I smell mossy rain finally born,
Hear the clatter on a tin roof
Smell again the musty fog
Born of a sullen, moaning stream
And head for bed under the eaves,
Shared with a Banshee wind
And a hambone frenzy until dawn.


Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2018

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9 Responses to ““Rain Waiting to be Born””

  1. Maureen Sudlow Says:

    great poem – and I love the watercolour trees

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  2. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Maureen. Thanks for reading the poem (it’s relatively new one) and thank you for noticing the watercolor. Most people don’t…so I appreciate it when someone does. I was a painter long before attempting poetry.

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  3. Maureen Sudlow Says:

    I’ve gone the other way – just started playing with paints in the last year…

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  4. ladynyo Says:

    Watercolor? It’s so much easier than it appears. I painted with oils for 30 years and in ’95 went to watercolor. never looked back. I would love to hear what you think about painting and what you are using!

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  5. Maureen Sudlow Says:

    Have only been painting for a short while. I thought I would try acrylics this week, but don’t like them so much so think I will stick with watercolours. Acrylics seem just too opaque now

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  6. ladynyo Says:

    I understand completely! I had the same experience. They seem ‘plastic’ to me. Yes, too opaque. Watercolor is my go to medium. You have to be careful with the white spaces and so I usually mask them with tape or a medium, but the wonderful thing about watercolor is the transparency. I try to layer colors, but you have to be careful or I get mud. LOL. After painting in oils all those years, wc gives such immediacy. A light drawing of the subjects which can be erased. I am presently working on sumi-e techniques and this is a lot harder than traditional watercolor. LOL. I have to teach myself a different technique totally. The brushes are handled differently, the brushes are different in any case, and since I mix my own ink on a stone, I have to learn to judge this medium. It’s harder than I would have thought. But I love it. My ‘successes’ are small, just some bamboo and leaves, etc…but I think you need to stay there for a while until you can get some mastery over this medium. My very best to you, Maureen. I love it when someone writes and tells me that they have picked up the brushes and paint. It’s an exciting and frustrating time…but so worth it. Keep me informed how it’s going for you.

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  7. Maureen Sudlow Says:

    sumi-e sounds wonderful, thanks for your encouragement. I will definitely concentrate on the watercolours.

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  8. Princess Crowned Says:

    Lady N, there is nothing more delightful than rain, to wash away the heat and dust.

    “My kingdom, my kingdom, for a steady downpour”. Paraphrasing but you know what I mean. *grin*

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  9. ladynyo Says:

    LOL! I like that! Grinning back!


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