September Rain

Path of Hope detail rain drops

       September Rain                                                                          

     An afternoon, September rain catches my attention, and invites me to sit a while.  The rocking chair seems the best place, and cradles me and my thoughts like a gentle mother, while briefly reminding me of time spent cradling my own child in this very chair.  I look out of the window; the grayness never had so much color.  I smile at that paradoxical thought. 

     A branch of a tree, hidden around the corner of the house, sticks out like a long arm;  it’s leaves still green, still firmly attached, not yet affected by any change in the season.  The rain has saturated the branch.  Drops fall from it one by one, like round, glistening pearls, as if they know each must take a turn as not to upstage the other.  But some seem to lose their timing, and two or three fall at once until the rhythm is once again recovered.  I can’t help but notice that no matter how many droplets fall, more get added on until the poor thing is heavily laden with it’s tear-like burden. 

     How can such seemingly weightless little drops weigh down a branch with such intensity?  That pitiful extremity could be anyone’s life, I think to myself – weighed down by worldly droplets; trials which leave one unable to move.  Often those unmerciful times, like raindrops, come one after the other becoming heavier by the minute until one is so saturated by the downpour, that each subsequent drop feels as if it is landing in slow motion. 

     I look at that branch bending from it’s cumbersome, transparent cloak.  It seems to say, “I have faith this will end soon, the sun will shine, and I will again rise to the height of God’s purpose.”  Faith keeps that branch from breaking under the strain of it’s heavyhearted predicament, and I realize that my faith helps me to bend like that determined branch.  After all, it’s true – rains don’t last forever.  Even the Great Flood came to an end, the sun shone, and man once again rose to the height of God’s purpose.  So was this September rain a reminder of my faith and purpose; my strength and verve. So was this September rain my compass in the storm of life.


 Copyright©2003 Marianne Coyne

Hello friends,

As promised here is the first version of an inspired September afternoon in 2003.  On June 25th I posted ‘Out of the Blue“, the second version of this quiet, yet powerful contemplative day.  If you haven’t read it, or wish to read it again, you can click here for the June post.

Thank you all for visiting here on Leisure Lane.  I hope I’ve stirred a little something in you of hope, faith, or at least a quiet deep breath.  You are all very special to me.

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne ♥

Note:  The above image is an altered detail from an original oil painting, “Path of Hope”, by Marianne Coyne.  The prose is written by Marianne Coyne, copyright©2003.  All rights reserved.



5 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Jenn
    Jul 09, 2013 @ 01:06:04

    PS – feeling very inspired – peacefully and wonderfully, calmly and amazingly. Ahhhh. Thanks.



  3. Jenn
    Jul 09, 2013 @ 01:04:20

    Beautiful writing.

    It is quite interesting that we are reaching into the fall and winter this summer. And, it is interesting that this is the third or fourth item I’ve read recently that talks about rain and sunshine. Actually, one of the things was a movie that talked about walking on the clouds (above the rain) and another was a little cartoon on Facebook. They didn’t all come on one day -just one after the other, like the raindrops you talk about.

    I could see the setting you painted with your words – and see the things in my life that feel the same as you wrote. Love your writing. I’m so glad you shared it!

    Thank you!




  4. Katherine's Daughter
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 15:25:45

    Lovely Marianne! Thank you for getting my morning off to an inspiring start! Joanne



  5. Deb
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 15:14:50

    So beautiful Marianne, you are so very talented 🙂 have a wonderful weekend

    Bee happy x



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