When it Rained
You knew it was coming before it came
softly as the turning of catechism pages.
The green wood unlatched its door
and you stepped beneath the rain-whirred
leaves of alder and maple
where muddy deer tracks
made Lilliputian lakes of pewter
pocked by the rain.
Rain fell upon the afternoon silence of moss
and drummed three white trilliums.
A sword fern dripped pearls.
A nameless bird suddenly caroled.
And you stood in that familiar place
where you have never stood before.
Mike Dillon, a retired community newspaper publisher, lives on Puget Sound northwest of Seattle, USA. He is the author of four books of poetry and three books of haiku. His most recent book, “Departures,” a book of poetry and prose about the forced removal of Bainbridge Island’s Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor was published by Unsolicited Press in April 2019.