Jack Gilbert

(1925 - / Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Rain - Poem by Jack Gilbert

Suddenly this defeat.
This rain.
The blues gone gray
And the browns gone gray
And yellow
A terrible amber.
In the cold streets
Your warm body.
In whatever room
Your warm body.
Among all the people
Your absence
The people who are always
Not you.

I have been easy with trees
Too long.
Too familiar with mountains.
Joy has been a habit.
This rain.

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Comments about Rain by Jack Gilbert

  • Susan Williams (1/28/2018 3:10:00 PM)

    Yes by now you know what I am going to say but... It is really tiresome that I and perhaps you cannot rate poems anymore because some messed up computer thingee can only respond to a vote by demanding we sign in again and again and again. Really getting tiresome. Neither can I track down the comments that notifications to my e-mail tell me about. (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams (1/28/2018 3:09:00 PM)

    I like this poem. It is not just interesting - it has emotional impact as well and I got invested in it. I'd give it a 10 but you know by now why I can't... don't you? (Report) Reply

  • (1/2/2018 8:47:00 AM)

    Nice 😂 (Report) Reply

  • Sylvaonyema Uba (1/6/2017 12:03:00 AM)

    The blues gone gray

    Expressing the impermanence of nature.
    Change is the only constant thing. Nice one!

    Sylva-Onyema Uba
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  • Seamus O Brian (1/5/2017 4:26:00 PM)

    The people who are not you. In the absence of one who was loved, all that was once bright becomes dreary grey rain. Haunting. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/5/2017 11:57:00 AM)

    Too long! !
    Rain! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (1/5/2017 6:05:00 AM)

    This rain brings happiness and woes at the same time. Very nice. (Report) Reply

  • (1/5/2017 4:51:00 AM)

    tom allport
    it is hard to see things when it starts to pour down with rain, especially in a deluge? (Report) Reply

  • Parray Shahid (1/5/2017 1:35:00 AM)

    Nice work! A good account of you (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (1/5/2017 12:50:00 AM)

    Tears are falling like raindrops+++++++++++++ Thanks for sharing++++++++++ (Report) Reply

  • (12/17/2012 8:48:00 PM)

    How I feel since losing the love of my life.
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  • (3/6/2008 3:23:00 AM)

    Wow this is a great poem: D x (Report) Reply

  • (6/22/2006 8:32:00 AM)

    oh jack...love this too! :)
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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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