PENELOPE AND THE PUDDLE



It was a rainy day…
It was a sunless, overcast, dark skied, rainy day.
The neighborhood peered out into the gray clouds with angst,
But not Penelope. Penelope loved rainy days.

She loved the constant pitter-patter of drops...
The way each tapped varying objects
with varying sounds.
 
From the *TINK*TINK*TINK*
of drops on the metal gutters
To the *BUP*BUP*BUP*
of drops on an overturned plastic bucket.
 
More than the sounds, she loved the crisp fresh smell.
There was a special way the water mingled with grass and flowers,
Emitting exotic and wonderful perfumes
In response to the gentle awakening tap.
 
She loved when the air was crisp and cool.
She loved when the air was thin and warm.
Whatever the temperature,
The soaking shower was spectacular.
 
Penelope jumped into her thick rubber boots
Grabbed her long plastic coat
And stormed into the storm without an umbrella.
 
Penelope stepped on and off the grass,
In and out of the mud,
Then jumped into a puddle.
 
*Splash*
*Spray*
*Splatter*
 
The rain rapped along with every skip,
As Penelope danced in the drizzle.
 
Penelope once again, stepped on and off the grass,
In and out of the mud,
Then jumped into a puddle.
 
*Splash*
*Spray*
*Splatter*
 
The drizzle dripped faster,
Growing into a roaring beating downpour, 
Hissing like a ferocious beast.
 
*HSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS* hissed the rain.
“Hssssssssssssss…” Penelope hissed back.
 
Penelope stepped on and off the grass,
In and out of the mud,
Then jumped into a puddle.
 
*Splash*
*Spray*
*Splatter*
 
When Penelope jumped into the puddles,
The water overflowed from the small pockets.
The rain, however, was determined,
Quickly refilling with thick rippling drops.
 
Penelope stepped on and off the grass,
In and out of the mud,
Then jumped into a puddle.
 
*SPLUNK*
 
As Penelope jumped into the puddle one last time
The puddle had opened wide,
And in a moment swallowed her whole.
 
The water enveloped the girl as she sank.
Now Penelope was caught in a bubble,
falling as a drop of rain
in the sunless, overcast, dark skied, rainy day.

- J.D. Clair

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