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A Touch of Rain

December 5, 2016

A Touch of Rain

Like the touch of rain she was
On a man’s flesh and hair and eyes
When the joy of walking thus
Has taken him by surprise:

With the love of the storm he burns,
He sings, he laughs, well I know how,
But forgets when he returns
As I shall not forget her ‘Go now’.

Those two words shut a door
Between me and the blessed rain
That was never shut before
And will not open again.

–Edward Thomas 1917

COMMENTARY: This is one of Edward Thomas’s really beautiful poems of
love and lament. I don’t know what else I can say about it, so I’ll
leave it at that.

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