Gentle Spring rain

春雨

Gentle Spring rain
petals scattering
which one am I hearing?

Small birds chirping
too young to fly.
The cat observes them
from the window.
I like to think he just wants to play.

Soft breeze,
the clouds shape-shift
and the rain leaves.

New fragrances arrive
as old as the earth.

I sit
and write nothing.
How comforting.

Kenza.


Note: There some 50 different ways to name “rain” (雨 – ame) in Japanese. And just for Spring, one can use “Spring rain” (春霖 – shun rin) or “gentle Spring rain” (春雨 – shun u). I was inspired by the latter for this poem.

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