Family & Rainstorm, 1955
As Alex Colville has painted it
a young mother watches an approaching storm
across the wide river
She holds open the door
of their mastodon sedan
for her children to take shelter
The interior of the door is as plain
as the fifties The solid lines
of automotive bulk point to the darkening sky
The pleats of her white dress are real
The yellow grass beneath their bare feet
is real so is the coming rain
I wasn’t even born then but as I watch
the family entering the car
I know the rain is almost upon me
This poem was previously published in Poiema (2008, Wipf & Stock).
D.S. Martin is the author of four poetry collections, including Ampersand (2018), & Conspiracy of Light: Poems Inspired by the Legacy of C.S. Lewis (2013) -- both from Cascade Books. He is Poet-in-Residence at McMaster Divinity College, the Series Editor for the Poiema Poetry Series, and has recently edited two anthologies -- The Turning Aside (2016), andAdam, Eve, & the Riders of the Apocalypse (2017). He and his wife live in Brampton, Ontario; they have two adult sons.
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