...Rain, rain, rain! sings the robin
frantically, then flies for cover.
The crow hunches.
pours himself swift and heavy
into the ground.
The robin senses rain and responds in fear; the crow in sullen defiance, and the snake in reclusion. I wonder if there are any animals that embrace the rain and see it as a sign of joy, an opportunity perhaps for hunting or gathering, or some activity other than withdrawal. I do not know. A quick glance on the internet suggests that the most obvious animal out and about in the rain is human, often hunting. Also what pops up on the internet is how it can rain fish, frogs, and birds - probably after terrific winds raise the animals out of their refuge and take them into the sky. No wonder they hunker down when hunters that are difficult to see are roaming in the land and sudden winds that cannot be escaped can come down upon one.
As a child my mother would sit with us on the open front porch and we would watch the storms come upon us - daring ourselves to not escape indoors. When lightening had passed but rain and flooded yards were round about, we would take to the streets and open fields in glee to embrace the warm rain upon our skin. I wonder if somewhere in the being of bird and snake, there is also not a pull and tug, knowing how the rain brings about the abundance of the land.
What is your response to rain?