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Song of the Rain

Madelyn Hotaling

rain falls in music notes

in chords

in a breathtaking tune


rain falls in drum beats

in rhythm

in a swelling rhapsody


rain falls in an orchestra

in harmony

in a heartbroken symphony


rain falls around you

an umbrella

but never touches


I wish you could feel the rain

I can feel the rain


I wish you could feel my hand

I can feel yours


I wish you could feel my heart

I would give it to you


I wish you could feel

I can feel too much


The rain is heavy.

It soaks my clothes.

I am warm, and I am cold.

You fade into the distance.


I wish you were real

Madelyn Hotaling is 16 years old and attends Lakewood Ranch High School. Her poem “The Problem” won third place in the 2022 Manatee Libraries and 805 Teen Poetry Contest.

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