The Rain has such Small Hands

The Rain has such Small Hands

A Poem by Kelly Scheppers
"

...a tribute to e.e. cummings

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i was lost in a poem by e.e. cummings,

lost in the rain having such small hands

 

such fervent emotion stirred me prodigiously

the manner in which he spoke

of falling in love

 

i read the line over and over again

eager to know his intent,

learning that only she could get to his heart

and could do so more easily than

the rain, reaching a closed budded flower.

 

skillfully and masterfully,

the articulation leapt from its page

flowing through my consciousness,

like breathing in and breathing out

 

this was somewhere i have never traveled,

gladly beyond

 

my eyes were lost in the epic silence,

the syntax of his words

i dog-eared the page

hoping that my lover would share in the juxtaposition

of my hands, to

those of the rain.

© 2021 Kelly Scheppers


Author's Note

Kelly Scheppers
My inspiration for this piece came from a poem, actually a line from the poem, by e.e.cummings, “Somewhere I Have Never Traveled, Gladly Beyond.” Upon reading it, I instinctively had to write something in ode to it, and I wanted the inclusion of the title to be within the context of the poem. I am quite pleased with the results, and wanted to share it upon the coming anniversary of his death, September 3, 1962. Thank you.

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You are superb. I am a very impatient reader, so I often roll my eyes and quit reading what I believe to be crap. But your writings are cerebral and skilled.

Posted 4 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

4 Months Ago

Wow! That's some affirmation, Frankie. I'm so fortunate to have read the poem by e.e. cummings that.. read more
Frankie

4 Months Ago

You're welcome! I'll read more
I recognized the ee cummings lines immediately and it drew me in. He's a wonderful American poet and one of my favorites. Sadly, we lost both him and Robert Frost within a year of each other when I was still just a young boy. But I've always treasured both their words and worlds left behind for us to enjoy. "somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond" is one of my favorites by cummings. I have also learned to treasure things "which i cannot touch because they are too near". This was quite lovely and a wonderful tribute to an American master poet. I enjoyed! F.

Posted 8 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

8 Months Ago

...within a year of each other. Wow, I wasn't aware of that. I too, have come to treasure their wo.. read more
Fabian G. Franklin

8 Months Ago

My honor, you are a very talented poet and a pleasure to read.
Love poems of this subtlety are few and far between.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year Ago

It's a little out of my wheelhouse, but I love how it turned out. So glad you appreciated my efforts.. read more
Life is simple dear Kelly. We need to feel important to someone.
"my eyes were lost in the epic silence,
the syntax of his words
i dog-eared the page
hoping that my lover would share in the juxtaposition
of my hands, to
those of the rain."
I loved the above lines. A hand in our hand. The best place to know. Thank you dear friend for sharing the amazing poetry and your thoughts.
Coyote

Posted 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year Ago

You are always a much welcomed sight, John. Thank you!
Coyote Poetry

1 Year Ago

Hello dear friend and you are welcome.
Very well done, and affecting... to inspire our peers or the generations who will eventually replace us is a tremendous accomplishment. We all can only hope to leave such a mark that inspires such powerful words as this.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year Ago

Hello Travis, how are you? It's been a while, but it's always good to see you on these pages. Take.. read more
Travis Gibson (poetic heroics)

1 Year Ago

Yes, it has been awhile, hasn't it? I've been well, thankfully... I hope the same is true for you. I.. read more
What a touching tribute to something and someone that moved you deeply. I feel the same way when I read Longfellow's "The Fire of Driftwood." To capture that feeling of loss, in the moment you recognize it, is transporting. Beautiful poetry does something to you, it changes you, and after you read it, you are not the same.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year Ago

It does change you. I was so moved after reading the poem. It's not like he was someone I could ca.. read more
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What a great tribute to e.e Cummings!Certainly his poem can inspire you but your prolific lines shows how passionate you are towards poetry! It was a delight to read this poem....so well penned

Posted 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year Ago

Thank you for the kindness your words bring me today!
Ooh this is a Meisterwerk Kelly and a real Poetic Gem. Love it love it love it. Strangely enough, the 'Oxford Girlfriend' I referred to in the Simon and Garfunkel piece yesterday, was also a massive e e cummings fan. How strange and beautiful is that :)

Posted 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year Ago

...thank you most kindly, Tony. That was a masterpiece, indeed!
Your poem, and the way you pay tribute to e.e.cummings, is very impressive. It's a testament to the power of words, and of how poetry can touch souls.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year Ago

It's truly a circle, isn't it? How a poem continues to touch the hearts, the minds and the souls of.. read more
This poem is a pleasure to read. Not many professional poets come to mind, I could name a lot of amateur writers like myself though. But of those few professional poets e.e. cummings I know. This is an amazing tribute to him and his work. I enjoyed your choice of words and the flow of this meaningful poem was a flow that doesn't deserve an end, though the end was a good one. Wonderfully explained and expressed write, Kelly Scheppers. tyfs

Posted 1 Year Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Year Ago

"...a flow that doesn't deserve an end." Thank you for such a compliment, Cyprian!

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Kelly Scheppers
Kelly Scheppers

San Diego, CA



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