India · Rhyme Time

Weather-Beaten

I’ve chosen to feature two poems today. Both of them are about the weather since the weather here has been shockingly unpredictable this year. It even snowed! It’s surprising because this is the first time in 5 decades that it has snowed in the plains here in India. The other shocker came after Lohri. Lohri is the kite festival that we have here in the North of India. It’s believed that the weather gets warmer after Lohri, and surprisingly, the weather usually does get better after Lohri. But this year even though we had great weather on Lohri itself, it rained the whole of the next day and even hailed in the evening. And ever since the sky’s been overcast and we’ve had cold, windy weather.

But even though today’s featured poems were chosen mainly because of the weather here, I also chose them because I liked them for the way they’ve been written. I like short poems that have easy rhythms and are fun to say out loud.

The Wind

Who has seen the wind?

Neither I nor you.

But when the leaves hang trembling,

The wind is passing by.

Who has seen the wind?

Neither you nor I.

But when the trees bow down their head,

The wind is passing by.

-Christina Rossetti

Weather the Weather be fine

Whether the weather be fine

Or whether the weather be not,

Whether the weather be cold

Or whether the weather be hot,

We’ll weather the weather 

Whatever the weather,

Whether we like it or not.

-Anonymous

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6 thoughts on “Weather-Beaten

  1. I remember both of these poems from many years ago but they’re very appropriate today as well, especially the second one. Here on the Canadian prairie it’s -35 degrees Celsius (-31 Fahrenheit) this morning! Fortunately, we’re leaving for a week’s vacation in Costa Rica tomorrow!

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  2. I have always loved Rossetti’s poems for its peurile quality- truth embellished with cuteness. That’s why I have a collection of her poems on my desk always. When there’s lack of inspiration or cheer there are her poems to supply them in good measure.

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  3. Have always liked Christina Rossetti’s poems and I remember this one from way back… And I love the 2nd poem… makes me want to say it aloud and funnily enough I don’t actually think of the weather while saying it. : ). Thanks Geetanjali. This was fun. The weather here is overcast too. So we’ll weather this weather together.. LOL!

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