It’s April and it’s raining, so now is my chance to share “April Rain Song” by Langston Hughes. Many of us grew up singing “Rain, rain, go away” and think of rain as a hassle or something to endure. But this poem, where the rain “kisses” you and “sings” to you, reminds us that rain can be a comfort and even a friend.
April Rain Song
Let the rain kiss you.
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.
Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk.
The rain makes running pools in the gutter.
The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night—
And I love the rain.
Click here to watch a brief “April Rain Song” video from The New York Botanical Garden.
What’s your favorite thing to do when it’s raining? These days, with social distancing, I like to go for a walk or run in the rain because I know there will be fewer people out. What about you?
“April Rain Song” by Langston Hughes from Collected Poems, 1994. Copyrighted material used for educational or therapeutic purposes.