I Am Grateful for the Rain


I Am Grateful for the Rain
By Cathleen Elise Rossiter

The other day a dear friend of mine from Monaco sent me a Petite Anthologie de la Poesie Francaise. As it happens, I fell in love with the first poem to which I opened (the translation is my own, so be kind to a novice).

Il Pleure Dans Mon Coeur
Par Paul Verlaine
Il pleure dans mon coeur
Comme il pleut sur la ville;
Quelle est cette langueur
Qui penetre mon cœur ?

O bruit doux de la pluie
Par terre et sur les toits !
Pour un cœur qui s’ennuie
O le chant de la pluie !

Il pluere sans raison
Dans ce cœur qui s’ecoeure.
Quoi ! nulle trahison ?…
Ce deuil est sans raison.

C’est bien la pire peine
De ne savoir pourquoi,
Sans amour et sans haine
Mon cœur a tant de peine !

It Rains In My Heart
By Paul Verlaine
It rains in my heart
as it rains upon the town;
What is this languor
that penetrates my heart?

O soft noise of the rain
through the ground and upon the rooftops!
For a heart who is listless,
O the song of the rain!

It rains without reason
In this nauseated heart.
Why! Not treason? …
This mourning is without reason.

It is well the worst sorrow
to know why,
without love and hatred
my heart has such an amount of sorrow!
Perhaps the poem resonated with me because I have been dealing with a bit of ennui myself lately; perhaps because today is a rainy, autumn day in New England. Presently I am sitting at my desk near the window, watching the rain soak into the brick of the terrace outside and drip from the branches as only near-frozen droplets can do (well, maybe I’m the one who is nearly frozen). The rain is steady yet has the softness of puppies’ paws scrambling across the carpet as it falls to the ground.
I am grateful for the rain. There is always a sense of freshness, renewal, and pure, unadulterated Life that accompanies a rainy day. With the rivers and streams giddily rushing along, the flora and fauna drinking in every drop (becoming visibly refreshed and revived in the process) how can one feel anything but full of hope for the future?
I have never been one to wallow in Life’s little attempts to bring me down. I have always had a rather positive outlook on life in general (although I am not immune to the initial temptation). I prefer to wallow in all the possibility that Life has in store. The rain reminds me that we have to get wet every now and then, soaking wet, if we are ever to fully partake in the life with which we have been gifted.

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