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Poetry in the rain

It's Sunday afternoon
I'm at San Telmo markets
The bicentenario celebrations
are in full swing
people are everywhere

It starts to rain
`I’ll walk’, I tell my friends
It picks up as I begin
`I’ll be fine’
I have my raincoat

It starts to pour
I head into a bar
and order a Malbec
chatting to the French bartender
on exchange in BA

The rain ceases
‘now is my time’
I head for the door
but it starts again
‘Oh well’, I resign
and step onto the street

It’s now pelting
I keep walking
surrendering control
over my pants getting drenched
‘Its only water’, I think to myself

I start to ponder
about my life and travels
in South America
floating from thought to thought
‘Have I really connected enough?’

The streets are now deserted
only the sound of rain persists
Some shadows of umbrellas pass by
as I slip in my sandals
among the cobblestones

My pants are now soaked
hugging me like a wet towel
or a new pair of stone pipe jeans
that you agree to try but never buy
‘Its only water’, I think to myself

Off the towering architecture
rises smokey mist
from the spotlights
that light the buildings
in the night time

Familiar objects start emerging
People huddling under awnings
waiting for a break
with squinted expressions
though some smiles escape

In my element now
I wander serenely
calm and free
as wet as I can get
‘Its just water’
repeats like a mantra in my head

I start smiling at strangers
who start smiling back
intrigued by my indifference
to the weather
while rain drops like percussion on my head

I arrive at my hostel smiling
The door man grins back
‘Lots of water’
he says in Spanish
I nod and walk like a sponge inside

Posted by Tracy Chap 11:55 Archived in Argentina

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