Tropical rain vs drizzle
To live a tropical life,
Living ‘the rainy season’,
Is unusual for me,
for where I’m from,
Rain is served with a cup of tea.
Astonished how the force, might and gale of the tropics all
Serve to open one’s eyes to the UK’s, often-paltry, drizzle-fall.
In Hà Nội, motorbikes wade the water,
Markets unwavering to sell fresh produce:
The clouds, unrelenting.
People do not huff, puff, or complain,
Even when the majestic skies bring abundance of rain.
For with its fall brings reminder of fecundity, fertility – and flourishment
Of a country that bears the fruits of its own hard labour,
And its own peoples’ nourishment.