Love Poem by leslie Marmon silko



Rain smell comes with the wind
out of the southwest.
Smell of sand dunes
tall grass glistening
in the rain.
Warm raindrops that fall easy
(this woman)
The summer is born.
Smell of her breathing new life
damp sand.
small gray toads on
(this woman)
whispering to dark wide leaves
white moon blossoms dripping
tracks in the
Rain smell
I am full of hunger
deep and longing to touch
wet tall grass, green and strong beneath.
This woman loved a man
and she breathed to him
her damp earth song.
I am haunted by this story
I remember it in cottonwood leaves
the shade.
their fragrance in
I remember it in the wide blue sky
when the rain smell comes with the wind.

(C) Leslie Marmon Silko

From the anthology "Sisters of the Earth"

  • Tell about a day full of "rain smell" --what happened? Where were you?

  • "Love Poem" is so sensual and lush--Write a poem about a place in nature, allowing your sense of smell to lead you into lots more sensuous details.

  • The erotic appreciation of the Earth and passionate human love is intertwined in this poem. Do you have such a moment to write about?