Poetry: Mother and Father

Poetry

Richard Rensberry is an author of over thirty books and a recipient of the 2020 AFABW Int “Outstanding Contribution as an Artist Award.”


Mother and Father

If I were the rain,
I would be less begrudging.
I’d teach Heaven how to beat
a rhythmical drum. I would
speak fluent and decisive electricity. I’d strike up
a conversation with the wind
and babble with the trees and roofs. If I were the rain,
I’d hammer away as if I could play
the piano like Lewis, Mr. Jerry Lee.
I’d fill buckets. I’d gorge streams.
I’d purge the skies with claps of thunder
if I were the rain. I’d be anxious to please.
I’d be the crescendo in a symphony choir.
I’d be mother and father to the land and seas.


by Richard Rensberry of Michigan.
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