50 words for rain

Nature is poetry in its purest form--as if the phenomena that take place there were poetic in and of themselves and did not need a resource to confine their beauty.  Our desire to understand reality is to try and name it until we run out of expressivity.  The Japanese language with its 50 words for rain has a special sensitivity for nuances and details not explored in the English language.  It is these ideas that have set me off expressing the various rains I encountered on a recent reemergence road trip.  Rain symbolizes clarity and rebirth, as well as sorrow and foreboding.  Like anything that holds dualities and energy, it is both interesting to me as subject and form.

    SHARON KINGSTON