Poetry Friday: The Rainy Day

Alas and alack, it is raining. Verily am I tired of rain. It makes me melancholic, and prone to lamentation. But rather than moan and complain as I am wont to do, I thought I’d let a far more talented poet moan and complain on my behalf. Take it away, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow!


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains,and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains,and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart, and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

Here’s hoping that your life not be filled with too many dark and dreary days, and only just enough rain!

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  • Reply Julz

    Beautiful poem. i enjoy it a lot

    May 5, 2017 at 8:44 am
  • Reply Kiesha Shepard

    I feel the same way sometimes about rain. Here’s hoping sunny skies are headed your way soon, Jane!

    May 5, 2017 at 1:02 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Thank you! I don’t mind a rainy day or two, but the endless stretches of rain just wear me down, especially when I’m already dealing with some kind of unfortunate life events. I’m hoping for a bit of sun! 🙂

      May 5, 2017 at 9:20 pm
  • Reply Brenda Davis Harsham

    It was a dark and stormy night… followed by days of rain, hail and lightning strikes. But snug indoors, kittens wrestled, puppies chewed slippers, cupcakes rose, were frosted, displayed and eaten. Books were devoured, tea sipped and our hearts bloomed with images of Narnia, the Shire and the Arabian Sands.

    May 5, 2017 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply lindabaie

    Well, you know that we differ because I love those dark and dreary days, and the damp ones, too. Sorry that you have so many, Jane. The poem however, is wonderful! Thanks!

    May 5, 2017 at 5:50 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      This winter has been a bit of a hard one, with illness in the family, job stress and other less lovely things, so I think the rain just drags me down that little bit more this year. But, I’m going to take Longfellow’s advice, and remember that the sun still shines, even when you can’t see it! 🙂

      May 5, 2017 at 9:28 pm
  • Reply Tara Smith

    We are having just such a day, too – perfect choice!

    May 5, 2017 at 6:39 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      One of the things I love about poetry is that it reminds you that you’re never alone – no matter what you feel, someone else has felt the same way, too! 🙂

      May 7, 2017 at 2:19 am
  • Reply jama

    Raining here today, so this poem is perfect. Longfellow tells it true, dreary being the operative word. However, thinking about the Raincity Librarian always cheers me up. May your lamentation cease immediately . . . 🙂

    May 5, 2017 at 6:49 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Why, thank you! I do tend to have a naturally sunny disposition, so even when life wears me down, I always spring back eventually. 🙂

      May 7, 2017 at 2:20 am
  • Reply Kay McGriff (@kaymcgriff)

    We must be sharing similar weather. We’ve had rain and more rain until the creeks and rivers are overflowing. I do enjoy an occasional rainy day, but this is getting out of hand! I can relate to Longfellow’s sentiments. And reading it brought back sunny memories of when we visited his childhood home in Portland, Maine, long ago.

    May 5, 2017 at 8:45 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      I definitely like a rainy day or too as well, but its the endless stretches of rain that just drag me down! And so, I cherish Longfellow’s reminder that the sun is still shining, even behind the clouds.

      May 5, 2017 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply wonderingandwondering

    Oh man, does this sum up the weather in Boston today. Dreary as all get out! Let’s hope Henry is right about the sun possibly shining behind the clouds…someday!

    May 5, 2017 at 10:42 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      We just have to keep on believing in those sunny days! 🙂

      May 7, 2017 at 2:20 am
  • Reply Alice Nine

    What a lovely, rainy poem, Jane! Just spot on for this northwest region we call home! I have a “mouldering” rock wall with vines clinging to it and beautiful ferns growing out from the rocks and I absolutely love it. But you know, by now, that you and I differ on this issue (smile). Thank you for sharing… BTW, we had some sunshine this week and two days jumped into the 80s… now its 50s and raining.

    May 6, 2017 at 3:27 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Alas, I am poorly suited to this Pacific Northwest life, you’d think after 30 years here I’d have grown accustomed to it! I’ve been feeling a bit more melancholic due to some stressful life events, but Longfellow reminds me that the sun is always there, waiting to pop out, whether it’s the actual sun, or just happier times!

      May 6, 2017 at 3:29 am
  • Reply maryleehahn

    Go soak your brain in that picture of the Colorado sky that Linda B. shares today! That will lift your spirits for sure!

    Just think how much more you appreciate the sun than those who see it almost every day of the year!

    May 6, 2017 at 12:18 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      So true! Sometimes you don’t fully appreciate something until you’ve lost it for a while. 🙂

      May 7, 2017 at 2:21 am
  • Reply Heidi Mordhorst

    I’m thinking some unusual Florida thoughts today, so I’ll share some sunny thoughts with you as I admire your Longflowian diction. That’s a word, right?

    May 8, 2017 at 12:11 am
  • Reply Matt Forrest Esenwine

    Into all our lives rain must fall – and we’ve had a bunch of it here lately! I haven’t read this in such a long time – thanks for sharing!

    May 8, 2017 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply Michelle Kogan Illustration

    I remember fondly and love “The Rainy Day” poem Jane, thanks for sharing it and cheering us all up, it’s good for a laugh! It’s been sunny here in Chicago, but quite chilly and we are due for some rain tonight and tomorrow.

    May 8, 2017 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply Michelle Heidenrich Barnes

    A masterful complainer, that Longfellow. Wishing you sunshine, Jane!

    May 9, 2017 at 2:52 am
  • Reply haitiruth

    True – some days do have to be dark and dreary! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

    May 13, 2017 at 9:40 pm
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