The Puddling Rain (in tribute to Leonid Afremov’s painting Friends Under the Rain)*

Two women, one umbrella, and a puddling rain make for the perfect poetic pose…

The Puddling Rain

(in tribute to Leonid Afremov’s painting Friends Under the Rain)*

At first blush, it is the puddling rain
on the street below their feet
that has the most reality;
they are two women,
under one umbrella,
walking away,
talking their way
through a shower of color,
downpours of electric reds,
tangential oranges,
and popsicle blues.

There,
in front of them,
is a concentration of light,
a clearing in the rain,
the future they walk toward;
I watch them as they walk;
talking, sharing
their day, their jobs,
their husbands, their homes,
their children, the schools, and the eternal
after-school activities,
and did you hear?
and can you believe?
and then, I said!
and they both laugh,
and touch each other’s arms,
oblivious to the rain,
all the rain,
all the while.

Randy Mazie

* You can view Leonid Afremov’s painting Friends Under the Rain by clicking this link
or copy and paste this: afremov.com/images/product/image_2089.jpeg into your browser.

His overall website is located at: afremov.com/friends-under-the-rain-palette-knife-oil-painting-on-canvas-by-leonid-afremov-size-24-x30.html

I am not affiliated with the website nor the artist in any fashion.
His painting though inspired me to write the poem. Art imitating art, so to speak.

Please read my other poetry inspired by painters sprinkled throughout my WordPress site. One link is here, or, again, cut and paste:
thewritersvillage.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/lost-inside-of-rembrandts-poem-self-portrait-with-two-circles-1660-reason-2-rhyme-tribute/ into your browser

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