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Image-ine: Walking Rain



Walking Rain

It has no legs but the rain is
walking the space the White Cloud

travels. Earth’s bronzed hard hand
welcomes Neomonni’s turned-down

lip. Where parched mountain mouths
grow stiff with waiting, thirsty bones

wrinkle, rattling the distant hills’
enchantment beyond the Trail of Tears.

“Walking Rain”, watermedia on paper by Randall David Tipton. Used with permission. Poem by Maureen Doallas, author of Neruda’s Memoirs: Poems


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20 Comments so far

  1. naquillity says:

    what a great poem. the image or title is a great springboard for writing. have a great day~

  2. Thank you for your lovely comment. So pleased you enjoyed it.

    Neomonni was a Native American, an Iowa chief; his name means “Rain Cloud”, according to what I was able to learn about him. His rank was lower than that of White Cloud.

  3. I was inspired by the art as well as Maureen’s poem– both beautiful. Here is the link to the poem:

  4. Debbie Young says:

    The hungry earth draws cool moisture into itself.

  5. what an amazing poem,beautiful descriptions!

  6. laura says:

    Your words and Randall David Tipton’s art? The perfect beginning to my day. Makes me want to find some beauty close by.

  7. Britton Minor says:

    That was incredibly moving. Your call for a response was like a storm, and I quelled it here:

    Thank you Maureen.

  8. debra says:

    A marriage made in heaven, these two spirits!

  9. Donna says:

    walking rain walking rain walking rain I kept hearing that phrase… beautiful piece

    I wrote a poem today and it’s all your fault! ;o) It’s called rain walking slowly and i thank you for the inspiration, and for light on a way up from gray

  10. Wow, this is such a nice honor! Thanks to all of you for responding!


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    [...] This poem is in response to Randall David Tipton’s beautiful painting, coupled with the amazing poetry of Maureen Doallas, author of Neruda’s Memoirs: Poems. You may see both here [...]

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