Out Standing in the Rain

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Out standing in the rain,

a long way away,

I saw the sea come in.

The books:

OUTSTANDING IN THE RAIN by Frank Viva – A rollicking, rhyming tale of a day at the amusement park. The bold illustrations include cut-outs for interactive fun.

A LONG WAY AWAY by Frank Viva – Take an imaginative trip from outer space down to the bottom of the sea. Or, start at the back of the book and reverse course.

Thanks to author Frank Viva. I think this is the first time I’ve used two books by the same author in one poem.

I SAW THE SEA COME IN by Alvin Tresselt and Roger Duvoisin – “Early in the morning, while the soft gray fog still hung in the sky, the little boy went down to the sea.” A timeless classic about the wonder of exploring.

Clear Is The Bottom Of The Lake

Clear is the bottom of the lake,

That mirrors the wistaria bloom;

And there in those sunken pebbles

I see countless gems.

by Ōtomo Yakamochi

From THE SEASONS OF TIME: TANKA POETRY OF ANCIENT JAPAN, Virginia Olsen Baron, Yasuhide Kobashi Image: By Philipp Franz von Siebold and Joseph Gerhard Zuccarini (Flora Japonica, Sectio Prima (Tafelband).) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons, {{PD-1923}}