Poetry Challenge – Rain

franz_marc-in_the_rainim_regen_1912This lovely painting is by Franz Marc, and is titled In The Rain. Jane Dougherty has challenged us to write a poem about it, using any form we like. I didn’t manage to use all of her suggested words, but here’s my effort:


The queen approaches

Jewelled brow gleaming, her head bowed

I bow, also

Rain grey against my coat

My hat remains


She passes by

All light and colour, scent and dream

I watch, alone

Rain bright against the pavement

My heart alight


Attendants follow,

Trailing leaves, each step a rainbow

I blink, dazzled

Rain dancing in the colours

My vision blurred.


The queen is gone,

All is grey, where once was colour

I weep, forlorn

Rain, relentless, echoing my tears

My love unrequited.

17 thoughts on “Poetry Challenge – Rain

  1. I really like that, Helen! Well done. Cos that image is not doing anything for me! It’s amazing to see what an image can inspire in someone, and to follow their train of thoughts.

    • Thanks, Ali! πŸ™‚ Yes, it’s interesting what grabs us, isn’t it? There have been other challenges which haven’t moved me at all, but something about this one got me thinking. The mysteries of the muse, hey? πŸ™‚

  2. Kerfe and I were just discussing the way the shafts of rain barring the painting are so dramatic. I like the effect you produce in the poem, repeating the way the colour changes as the rain ripples across the image.

  3. I LOVE Franz Marc! I once got to see the Lenbachhaus in Munich, where the Blaue Reiter group lived and worked. So awesome. And your poem is beautiful, too – that goes without saying. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Angelika πŸ™‚ While I’m familiar with the style of art, I wasn’t familiar with Franz Marc specifically, so it was a nice bonus to discover him through his painting. I love that period of art – it’s so exciting, so many different styles and interpretations. πŸ™‚

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