Mark Van Doren

(June 13, 1894 – December 10, 1972 / Hope, Illinois,)

After Long Drought

Poem by Mark Van Doren

After long drought, commotion in the sky;
After dead silence, thunder. Then it comes,
The rain. It slashes leaves, and doubly drums
On tin and shingle; beats and bends awry
The flower heads; puddles dust, and with a sigh
Like love sinks into grasses, where it hums
As bees did once, among chrysanthemums
And asters when the summer thought to die.

The whole world dreamed of this, and has it now.
Nor was the waking easy. The dull root
Is jealous of its death; the sleepy brow
Smiles in its slumber; and a heart can fear
The very flood it longed for, roaring near.
The spirit best remembers being mute.


Comments about After Long Drought by Mark Van Doren

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/13/2016 8:08:00 AM)

    Nice lines..
    The whole world dreamed of this, and has it now.
    Nor was the waking easy. The dull root
    Is jealous of its death; the sleepy brow
    Smiles in its slumber; and a heart can fear
    The very flood it longed for, roaring near.
    The spirit best remembers being mute.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (1/13/2016 6:28:00 AM)

    Amazing narration of plight during drought and sigh of relief and awe due to thunder storm and heavy rains at the end of it's lengthy spell. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Daniel RichmondDaniel Richmond (9/18/2014 5:19:00 AM)

    This is amazing, did they really have droughts before global warming?(Report)Reply

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  • Aftab Alam KhursheedAftab Alam Khursheed (9/18/2014 12:57:00 AM)

    Through Drought, poet painted the agony of life and post happiness as thunder, rain and......(Report)Reply

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  • Soren Svenson (11/27/2005 9:58:00 PM)

    i had to recite this at school...i fell in love with it...j.i.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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