Every month, Eindhoven’s city poet Nienke Esther Grooten, publishes a poem in English. This month’s poem is called “Hail Summer”.
Summer’s raining down on usAnd all it does to me is this:
‘How nice, this saves me
Loads on watering the garden.
This’ll bring out tons of snails.
How do we calm down our cats?’
Cushions on the car windows
To keep them from shattering
In the next hail storm.
This is all it does to me
I see no storms at sea
I see no refugees
Not even gardeners, farmers
With their roots rotting away
At their feet
How small my little world
How grateful am I for
The occasional ray of sun to colour my arms
How little thought I give
To the ever available fruit in my shake
It’s going to continue to rain.
I think it’s about time I awake.
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