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A Lesson in Rain

A boy said to a teacher once,
“The skies will fill with rain;
Seeping wet will drown us,
Our cheer will sodden wane.”

“Hearten boy”, said the man,
“All you see is a greylight shroud;
Did you in your downward gaze
Even bother to ask the clouds?”

The boy, vexed, then withdrew,
While the man with smile proud
Three times sang in Redbeard's praise
And to the stormwinds bowed.

A day of cheer and sunlight ends;
The man the boy espied,
Saying “Sour thoughts and dismal words
never fly where the Thunderer rides!”

© Matthias Wilson

A true story :-).


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