Nika McGuin

(12/01/89 - present / Louisiana)

Right As Rain

Right as rain they say
but how can rain be right
If you're driving
it can be quite wrong
unless of course
it hits the town right of you
but even then it isn't right
its quite vertical actually
unless it's in inches upon the ground
then, it could be horizontally sound
during rainstorms, thirsty plants can be happily found
yet it only fills humans with glee
when it is experienced dryly

All the same
rain is rain
invented to wash away pain
thus, here it shall remain
so I guess its alright-
right as rain can be

Submitted: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, April 01, 2014

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This came out of my desire to play around with the saying, yet have it be less cliche. Instead it's the dissection of a cliche.

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  • Daniel Brick (4/10/2014 6:04:00 AM)

    In the process of dissecting the cliché, you also show the mercurial mind at work, as it follows a train of thought, however unlikely. I was conscious throughout that the speaker is also driving a car as she thinks these thoughts, so it's multi-tasking with the cliché dissection running parallel to driving. The phrase contains an interesting endorsement to whatever it introduces: rain being natural is always right, the comparison to rain means you are right too - how reassuring! (Report) Reply

  • Yash Shinde (4/8/2014 12:13:00 AM)

    All the same
    rain is rain
    invented to wash away pain
    thus, here it shall remain
    so I guess its alright-
    right as rain can be
    ..........beautiful lines.........rain really washes away pain and agony.............wonderful write (Report) Reply

  • John Westlake (3/30/2014 1:39:00 AM)

    True enough. The phrase never did make sense to me as a child. Even now I will not use it. But it didn't stop me from enjoying this one (Report) Reply

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