August 27, 2010

"Redemption Rain" by Jennifer Rahim

Redemption Rain

I have been praying for rain –
relentless down-pouring
like Mary’s weeping,
that Resurrection morning
when all that was love to her
was lost. O, that morning
was her hurricane of asking,
Who take him? Where they put him?
Not even a body left to touch.
Yes, I have been praying for rain
like that first Easter morning
when so much eye-water fall
it drown her world like Noah’s.
To be sure, that dread morning
when she looked inside that grave,
a womb-turn earthquake
rocked her world again
and bring-down-sorrow flow –
swept away the very image
of what she so loved in its flood.
O yes, I have been praying for rain
to end every dry-season –
heart-water salted like Mary’s
so love can speak redemption
with my name.

© Jennifer Rahim 2010

from the manuscript, REDEMPTION RAIN.

About the Author:

Jennifer Rahim is a Senior Lecturer in Literature in the Department of Liberal Arts, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. She is a critic, poet and short story writer. Her articles on Caribbean literature have appeared in MaComere, The Journal of West Indian Literature, Small Axe and Anthurium. She edited with Barbara Lalla a collection of Cultural Studies essays entitled, Beyond Borders: Cross Culturalism and the Caribbean Canon (UWI Press 2009).

Her creative publications include three poetry collections: Mothers Are Not the Only Linguists (1992) and Between the Fence and the Forest (2002) and Approaching Sabbaths (2009). She has one collection of short stories, Songster and Other Stories (2007). Approaching Sabbaths was awarded the 2010 Casa de las Américas Prize for best book in the category Caribbean Literature in English or Creole.
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Rethabile said...

Wow. Nice. Have been looking forward to Fridays for a while now. Have been getting rewarded.

Geoffrey Philp said...

Ret, it has been a pleasure to publish these poems. And next week's poem promises to be another (great) one!