An Excerpt from Jim Conrad's
NATURALIST NEWSLETTER
of September 2, 2001
written in the woods not far south of Natchez, Mississippi, USA

RAINDROPS

This has been a rainy week with us. My clothing and books are mildewing and who knows what's happening to my computer circuitry? On the other hand, the garden's new beds of kale, mustard greens, collards and turnips are beautiful, and it seems the rains quieten the fire ants. The rain isn't cold so I have been able to enjoy some naked-hermit showers. It is good to stand in the rain naked, and to bathe in pure sky water surrounded by the forest's glistening leaves.

Sometimes snuggled within my beautiful Kentucky quilts I think about why raindrop sounds please me so. Maybe it's because of their randomness. There is randomness in the time between their splashes and in how loud each splash sounds. There is a randomness in the quality of each splash sound, depending on whether the drop hits a leaf outside my window, the tin roof or the sodden ground.

Yet, all this randomness brings pure, fresh water, which is life-giving. Here Nature is saying "Do not fear the quality of randomness in itself, for it can be generous."

People living in houses so large and closed up that they cannot hear raindrops suffer a great loss. Yes, raindrop sounds minister to the spirit in important ways, and that is one good thing about this week's rains.

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HAIKU FOR A RAINY DAY

Rain comes just in time
And we are happy. And then
It just keeps raining... Facebook Icon