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Morning Rain


Jason Sturner


This morning there was much rain,
forcing the birds into trees,
the butterflies beneath leaves.

I stand at the open window,
listening for the cool silence
between raindrops.

I begin to wonder
about time machines,
about being fully absorbed into the future:

            The full view of a sunset
            from our porch chairs,
            a cat resting at our feet.
            Faces aged, a hand
            holding a hand.

                        And the wind
            comes down from flowered hills,
            filling the home with fragrances.
            Everything is golden orange
            like a softly glowing jewel.

I blink and turn from the window.
Another routine day begins.
The echoes of my heartbeat
will mingle with the rain.

Motivation: This poem was inspired by the woman I am going to marry and with whom I will grow old.

Bio: Jason Sturner was born in Harvey, Illinois, and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago. He has published four books of poetry: Kairos, 10 Love Poems, Selected Poems 2004-2007, and Collected Poems (all available as free downloads; see website). He resides in Wheaton, Illinois and works as a botanist at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Website:

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