The rain chuckles on the rooftop
and the sound carry’s down the house.
The oaks in their amber raincoats
hiss in the water’s tickle.
Their sinuses suckle the drops to veins
then shiver off the excess.
The wild summer streams are
beginning their running joke.
The drought retreats with a frown
to the applause of the scorched grass.
The old man and his grandson watch
the slapstick of nature from the doorway.
They wave to their bemused neighbors
in their rockers watching the show.
The old man hands the child an umbrella
and watches him join the laughter all around.
The child delights in the rain drumming
smiles on the harlequin cloth.