Classic and Contemporary Poetry
THE MILLION DOLLAR RAIN, by HELEN PURCELL ROADS
First Line: Dawn after dawn flung up the sky
Last Line: To watch the miracle.
Subject(s): Dawn; Money; Rain; Sunrise
Dawn after dawn flung up the sky
Great flags of flaming light;
Noon after clanging noon crashed by;
Night swooned to breathless night.
Men cursed, while ravening sun dogs leapt
Upon their fields and flocks;
But dream-eyed Joan, prayer spent, bewept
Her fainting hollyhocks.
And then, one vast, black cloud-hulk rolled
Above the thirsty plain,
And from its lightning riven hold
Poured floods of quenching rain.
Men slept, held by the tempest's might
In half-sensed lyric thrall;
But dream-eyed Joan staid up all night
To watch the miracle.
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