the percussion of rain

wind and rain all night and day

As I slide and glide on the muddy path the yellows are sharp in the gloom

Like tiny lanterns they shimmer with energy

No birdsong, only the percussion of rain on my hood, rhythmic and punctuated by the yellow leaves guiding my way

Home the sky turns from charcoal to pinks and then mauve

The coppers and reds glow as though lit in a theatre, then the sunset is over as swiftly as it began

A solitary blackbird pecks for insects and worms in the beech leaves tucked under the eaves

Inside, as I peel off wet clothing and prepare a cup of tea with thankfulness, my eyes fill with tears for all those who are homeless