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Reader Listening
Rain now with dark coming on
after the chill clear day, and it makes
coming against the roof a roof of sound.
Many mild little comments,
with the occasional loud drop,
the faint ones, the pitch
diff erences, the many drops striking
at almost the same time, the
individual sounds still audible
in the general run of sound as the rain
comes down heavier, loudening
on the roof, the sense of this change
belonging with the sense that comes
when an animal one has been watching --
say a bear, soaking himself in a creek --
suddenly & calmly changes position --
when on the window ledge
a series of drops begins falling,
starting up an excited little
local tempo, and then, oddly, slows down
and at last stops while the heavy rain