Rain on Fleshy Cheeks


Inhale life

Exhale sadness

Draw in the earthiness of rain

It cleanses pavement

Soaks into human joy


Inhale life

Exhale fear

Feel the moist tears from heaven

On our fleshy cheeks

Tears of peace

Flooding hearts with calm


Inhale life

Exhale doubt

Allow the rain to wash it

Away to the gutter, the sewer

Positive thoughts form a puddle

In which to stomp and play


Inhale life

Exhale the unimportant

Let go of frivolous everything

Find complacency in our skin

Embrace family, friends from afar

Pour out support for the world


Inhale life

Exhale the way it was

Change has fallen from the sky

With hope and faith in tow

Promising this world as a better place

In time, a healthier, hospitable place

for you and I

34 responses to Rain on Fleshy Cheeks

  1. Dan Antion says:

    This is beautiful, Mary. I will cherish these words during what looks to be a week of rain.

    Positive thoughts form a puddle
    In which to stomp and play

    I loved playing in puddles as a child, as did our daughter. That really made me smile. Thank you!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Heather! The last two weeks have been ones of change into the temporary normal of working and churching from home, washing hands more thoroughly, sanitizing everything and taking care of self and others by isolating and being at peace with it. I hope more people find a way to do the latter, to not disregard the situation.

      I also hope you and family are doing well and staying healthy!

  2. Big changes of being for everyone.
    We are all well, if challenged. Boys have hardly noticed lockdown restrictions as they rarely emerge from their rooms or screens during holidays anyway.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Cheryl. I have sunshine today, but I think Dan and the northeast need it. Sounds like they’ve been having a lot of rain and gray skies.

  3. Ally Bean says:

    Beautifully said. I like the line: Embrace family, friends from afar I’m sensing that for some people that may be the most difficult thing to do. For bloggers it’s a given.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Ally. I have a FB friend who has a new granddaughter she is unable to hold. However, modern technology allows her daughter to send the most adorable photos, which proud grandma shares with us via the internet. A gratitude over not being able to see her at all.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I am humbled by this, Teagan, coming from a fabulous published author. Thank you! Sending hugs and kitty purrs!

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