Even the Rain

March 17, 2007


Steven Gelberg





What will suffice for a true-love knot?
Even the rain?
But he has bought grief's lottery,
bought even the rain.

"our glosses / wanting in this world"
"Can you remember?"
Anyone! "when we thought / the poets taught"
  even the rain?



 Ain't Feel No More
Jorge Luis Alvarez Pupo 

After we died--That was it!
God left us in the dark.
And as we forgot the dark,
we forgot even the rain.
Drought was over. Where was I?
Drinks were on the house.
For mixers, my love, you'd poured--what?—
even the rain.

Of this pear-shaped orange's perfumed twist,
I will say:
Extract Vermouth from the bergamot,
even the rain.



Lorissa Shepstone

How did the Enemy love you—
with earth? air? and fire?
He held just one thing back till he got even:
 the rain.

This is God's site for 
a new house of executions?
You swear by the Bible,Despot,
even the rain?

After the bones--those flowers—
this was found in the urn:
The lost river, ashes from the ghat,
even the rain.
What was I to prophesy if not the 
end of the world?
A salt pillar for the lonely lot, 
even the rain.

How the air raged, desperate,
streaming the earth with flames--
to help burn down my house,
Fire sought even the rain.



QT Luong

He would raze the mountains,
he would level the waves,
he would, to smooth his epic plot,
even the rain.

New York belongs at daybreak to only me,
just me--
to make this claim Memory's brought
even the rain.

They've found the knife that killed you,
but whose prints are these?
No one has such small hands, Shahid,
not even the rain.



Agha Shahid Ali



2 Responses to “Even the Rain”

  1. wow! talk about powerful/deep/inspiring. who is this author?

    but even the rain
    cannot cleanse away the guilt
    built over eons

    a water goddess
    attacks mercilessly with
    an evening of rain

    a forest burns down
    in swift retribution to
    get even with rain

    as i go faster
    control slips from my grasp, i
    must even the reigns

    the summer-king comes
    quelling chaos, his mantra
    is an even reign

  2. kimtelas said

    Agha Shahid Ali

    I need a book of his poetry, he is very hard to find on the internet, so far anyway.

    He is like no one and nothing I have ever read.

    I have a post with another of his poems here:



    And, your poetic response to this is astounding.

    Thank you!


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