Poetry Friday: Rain, Rain, Go Away

It’s raining. Again. It’s been raining for a few days now, and it will likely be raining for many, many days to come. In case you’ve ever wondered, there is indeed a very good reason why I chose to call my blog Raincity Librarian. My hometown of Vancouver, Canada is indeed a rainy,Β rainyΒ city. Last October, for example, it rained 29 out of 31 days. We broke a record! But we weren’t satisfied by that, oh no. In November it went on to rain for another 25 days. We had FIVE DAYS without rain in TWO MONTHS.

In other words, I live in a rainy climate.

You’d think that after 30 years in this rainy city (2017 marks the 30th anniversary of my family’s move from Ontario to British Columbia!) I’d be used to the rain.

But I’m not.

Not. At. All.

I’m afraid I have no words of wit or wisdom with which to honour Poetry Month this week, but please enjoy this short snippet of rain-themed poetry. Happy Friday, may your weekend be less soggy than mine is likely to be!

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  • Reply Michelle Kogan

    I love your rainy poem Jane, it gave me a good chuckle! I especially liked the mildew and puddle duck, and your colored raindrops are divine. Today was the first day this week the sun came out a little bit, we had rain the last few days, but I’m not going to complain about my rain after hearing about all your rain. Sending thoughts for some sunshine your way.

    April 7, 2017 at 2:34 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Sometimes you just have to find the humour in the situation, even when you’re soaked through and through! πŸ™‚

      April 7, 2017 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Doraine

    I love that sad, drenched feline face. Don your raincoat and go stomp through some puddles. You’ll feel better.

    April 7, 2017 at 10:35 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      You’re very right. I visited a preschool yesterday, and had to smile – all the little ones were in their bright yellow rain suits, splashing and stomping and laughing like they hadn’t a care in the world.

      April 7, 2017 at 4:41 pm
  • Reply Irene Latham

    OH you puddle duck you! My son LOVES rain. I wonder if he would love it after 2 months. πŸ™‚ That cheetah pic kills me! Sending you a bright red umbrella today! xo

    April 7, 2017 at 11:52 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      That’s the thing, isn’t it – I don’t mind a rainy day or two, but boy oh boy, even I have my limits! I did treat myself to bright yellow gumboots a while back, and they do help ease the pain – it’s hard to be too grumpy when you’re splashing through puddles in bright yellow gumboots!

      April 7, 2017 at 4:42 pm
  • Reply Kay Jernigan McGriff

    I love the rainy poem, but I’m not sure how well I would survive in such a rainy climate. Winters are gray (but not always rainy/snowy) here in the Midwest and I live for the days we have sunshine. The best part of spring is not just the warming temps, but the addition of color to my world.

    April 7, 2017 at 12:48 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      I absolutely agree with you – after a long, grey winter I find myself just craving colour, and I’ve started to spot tiny buds on trees, which are filling me with hope for colourful days to come!!

      April 7, 2017 at 5:04 pm
  • Reply Linda Baie

    What a difference in climate! Even in Missouri where we had much more rain, I don’t think we ever came close to yours. We are begging for it here in Denver. Send some drops our way! Love that cute poem!

    April 7, 2017 at 2:09 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      When you grow up on the “Wet” Coast, it can be hard to comprehend what a drought looks like – we get so much more rain than we typically know what to do with!

      Rain, rain, go away,
      Denver needs you anyway!

      Here’s hoping these clouds find their way over to your neck of the woods, Linda!

      April 7, 2017 at 5:06 pm
  • Reply JoAnn Early Macken

    Turning into a puddle duck might be the best possible outcome in such a wet setting! Rain, rain, rain in Wisconsin lately as well, but we’ve got glorious sunshine today. Hope you’ll see some soon!

    April 7, 2017 at 3:00 pm
  • Reply tee+d

    I lived in Glasgow, Scotland for five years.
    I never did get used to the rain. Ever.
    Hang in there.

    April 7, 2017 at 3:38 pm
  • Reply Liz Steinglass

    I love your sweet fed-up poem and your Poetry Friday image is gorgeous!

    April 7, 2017 at 4:57 pm
  • Reply Bridget Magee

    Oh, goodness, Jane, I’m sorry. I don’t think I could handle that much rain…ever. Living in the desert has its own challenges (115 degree heat!) but I’d take the heat over endless wet. Despite your misery, your poem is pretty spectacular: “…growing mildew, too” – hee-hee! =)

    April 7, 2017 at 5:05 pm
  • Reply jama

    I didn’t realize that Vancouver got so much rain. Sending you a virtual yellow umbrella. πŸ™‚

    April 7, 2017 at 5:36 pm
  • Reply Kiesha Shepard

    I love this! I never thought of that before-a puddle duck-how cute!

    April 7, 2017 at 5:57 pm
  • Reply Michelle Heidenrich Barnes

    Oh my my my, thanks for the giggle, Jane! You had me at the gifs, but then your poem! How dare I laugh at your mildew metamorphosis. Shame on me.

    April 7, 2017 at 7:06 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      You have to keep laughing, even when the cold rain has found its way down the back of your jacket….;-)

      April 8, 2017 at 6:28 pm
  • Reply Carmela Martino

    We’ve had more than our usual share of rain here in the Chicago area, too, but I don’t think I could take all the rain you get in Vancouver! So glad you’re able to look at it with humor. Love the line in your poem about mildew. Wish I could send you some sunshine–we finally have it here today.

    April 7, 2017 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply Linda

    We’ve been having A LOT of rain here lately so I can relate to the poem you posted. I don’t mind a spring shower, but thunderstorms…No! Your little videos are so cute. Wishing you some sunny days ahead!

    April 8, 2017 at 12:41 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Oh yes, those “spring showers” seem to pass us by in favour of spring thunderstorms and downpours! I’ll take those sunny wishes! πŸ™‚

      April 8, 2017 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply KatApel

    That is a lot of rain-days! Of late, we get our rain in deluges. Then flood. (Last weekend.) And when the water goes down, life goes on. I would share your frustration with all that rain. But I love your poem – especially that puddle duck! Keep smiling. πŸ™‚

    April 8, 2017 at 2:25 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      You just have to keep on smiling, even through the rain, or else you’re going to be wearing a frown for pretty much the entire year! πŸ˜‰

      April 8, 2017 at 6:06 pm
  • Reply Ramona

    Lots of rain here in the Seattle area too! It’s been a wetter than usual winter/spring. I crave sunshine, so I totally understand your growing-mildew blue self who wishes she were still in bed.

    April 8, 2017 at 3:31 am
  • Reply Christie Wyman

    My sentiments exactly. So much rain in the Boston area this week, too. Yesterday (Friday) was the first day we’d seen the sun all week! Hence my post about flowers and spring. Cheers!

    April 8, 2017 at 11:07 am
  • Reply Danya @ Fine Print

    Wow, 5 days without rain in two months. I knew Vancouver was rainy of course, but dang, I didn’t realize it was *that* rainy. Thank goodness you have a good sense of humour about it all Jane, because otherwise I don’t know how you’d manage…probably by looking an awful lot like Stitch!

    April 8, 2017 at 1:27 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Yeah…Vancouver is one of the most beautiful places on Earth…on those rare occasions when the sun is actually out! πŸ˜‰

      April 8, 2017 at 6:05 pm
  • Reply Diane Mayr

    We’re coming off a drought, but anything more than two days in a row of rain seems to get old quickly. We never seem to be satisfied, do we? I hope you get a break soon, though, you deserve it.

    April 8, 2017 at 4:14 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      So very true – in winter I was complaining about the snow, and I’m sure once summer comes I’ll be complaining about the heat!! It does give me poetry fodder, though. πŸ˜‰

      April 8, 2017 at 6:04 pm
  • Reply Violet N.

    Ha! I saw your post title and thought, I’ll bet that’s raincity librarian. Loved your poem. And, as someone who loves just a bit down the road, I can say, yes indeed, we are…
    growing mildew between our toes
    algae in our hair
    mud and dancing puddles
    pretty much everywhere!
    … as I keep an eye on the roof and rain drain beside my office window, to catch a break in the douse so I can go for a walk.

    April 8, 2017 at 5:45 pm
  • Reply Tabatha

    I like rain, but one year I lived in a state where it rained for six months straight and that sorely tested my affection for it (there was a flood shortly after I left). I’ll bet that properly cheery accessories do help! That and being able to laugh at your mildew πŸ™‚

    April 8, 2017 at 10:28 pm
  • Reply Linda Mitchell

    Wow! That is a LOT of rain. Makes me wonder what Vancouver does to handle it all? Does it all just run into the ocean? I love your ending of Puddleduck!

    April 8, 2017 at 11:09 pm
  • Reply Brenda Harsham

    If I lived around that much rain, I’d want to be a puddle duck, too! Or maybe a bubble ghosty. πŸ™‚

    April 9, 2017 at 12:56 am
  • Reply Mary Lee Hahn

    At least you got a fun poem out of it. And I promise not to complain about the weather in Central Ohio ever again.

    April 9, 2017 at 12:35 pm
  • Reply Keri Collins Lewis

    I’m simply having fun saying “puddle duck” over and over. πŸ™‚ I grew up in New Mexico (no rain) and have lived in Florida and Mississippi (loads of rain). I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to so much gray and wet after a desert childhood!

    April 9, 2017 at 10:34 pm
  • Reply Catherine

    Too much rain makes me blue also. Thankfully, we’ve had a few days of sunshine after what seemed like a month of rain. I love that you found the “sunny side” of the weather and treated us to your fun poem. Wishing you sunny days, Jane!

    April 10, 2017 at 1:37 pm
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