Summer Rain


Summer Rains


Windows just now opening to a rush

of cooler air that smells like tidal grass

and a freshly upturned earth while Wyeth-

white clouds plod on, undersides ambered

by a late-day sun, having transformed the

field just beyond the stilted pines and tangled

braids of willow into a flood plain and the

garden path into a narrow creek whose

waters allowed us to trace each moment

that was cut away from day, then wondering

if it couldn’t be just as easy to somehow

let go and watch a lifetime of small

misgivings and larger afflictions – painful

memories all – wash away and then

start over again, as the ponderous damp

settled in the empty spaces between

houses, gathering up the afternoon’s last

gleaming, as if this freshly luminous, new-

born day could then rise and adorn an

evening sky with shattered pieces of sunlight. 

John Muro


A resident of Connecticut and a lover of all things chocolate, John Muro has authored two volumes of poems – In the Lilac Hour and Pastoral Suite– in 2020 and 2022, respectively. Both volumes were published by Antrim House. Since his first book’s publication, John has received multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize, the Best of the Net Award and, in 2023, he was a Grantchester Award recipient. John’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous literary journals, including Acumen, Ariel Chart, Barnstorm, Delmarva, New Square, Sky Island and the Valparaiso Review.




  1. John Muro's Poem "Summer Rains" really touched my heart and my soul. Reading this poem gives me hope that somehow the higher good -"shattered pieces of sunlight' can overcome the negative things in our lives. Awesome talent!

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