Incantations for Rain

When L.L. Barkat contacted me to write about rain for Tweetspeak Poetry, we were in a drought in South Louisiana. I agreed to write the piece and then walked to the backside of our family farm to close a gate.

For weeks, I’d been asking the gathering clouds to open their swollen, gray bellies. It had become a mantra in the back of my mind. When I returned to the house, I sat down and wrote “Incantations for Rain.” Click here to read.

The day after Laura accepted my piece for publication, it began to rain. And rain. And it continued to storm and to pour for three weeks. Yesterday, a tropical storm formed in the Atlantic and is headed straight for the Gulf.

About Darrelyn Saloom

Darrelyn Saloom co-wrote My Call to the Ring: A Memoir of a Girl who Yearns to Box (Glasnevin, 2012) with world champion boxer, Deirdre Gogarty, but her pugilistic passions are confined to a keyboard. Darrelyn lives with her husband and various critters on a horse farm in south Louisiana, where she is working on a collection of personal essays and stories. To learn more, visit her website at or follow her on Twitter: @DarrelynSaloom
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9 Responses to Incantations for Rain

  1. That’s really really interesting. Here in the Ozarks (around the same time), my girlfriend’s father went into the hospital. And when he did, we got our first rain in weeks. Not to–wait, yes to sound schmaltzy, I couldn’t help but see a correlation–he recovered miraculously a few days later.

  2. CLF says:

    Great piece! Thanks a lot.

  3. Darrelyn Saloom says:

    Goosebumps, Dave. Thanks, CLF. 🙂

  4. I thought it was dry in eastern Montana!

  5. cynthia says:

    Awesome light and swirling clouds in the photo. Headed to read your incantation.

  6. Carolyn says:

    Another great read! Looking forward to reading more.

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