Rain popping and dripping
off the roofs and pavements
Varnishing the road in a grey shine
Clattering off eaves
And gurgling down gutters and drains.
The rain eases
Birds sing their relief,
Hiding in trees they shake their heads
and flap droplets of water off their wings.
My neighbour slams the car door and drives away,
Sirens scream from the main road
And the same breeze carries the birds
Through cloudless grey skies.
I turn on the lights.
Late daffodils raise their heads
To beckon the sun.