Song Of The Rain. Kahlil Gibran. Recast in the true poetic form by P.S.Remesh Chandran, Trivandrum.

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It is alleged that Kahlil Gibran hid his exquisite tunes behind a mask of blank verse to prevent the dull wits and the half wits of his times from enjoying his songs. This song is for the first time recast in the true poetic form by Sahyadri Books & Bloom Books, Trivandrum so that all the world may sing. It is expected that beautiful orchestrations of this immortal song will follow from other quarters of the world..

Through the skies she comes, down to the earth, to sustain a planet.

Song Of The Rain is included in Kahlil Gibran's famous collection of poems Tears And Laughter. It is written in the form of the rain herself singing her song as she comes down. In scientific perfection, this song can be compared only to P.B.Shelley's Ode To The West Wind, which will leave readers which one excels. Rain is beautifully personified in this song. Gibran was a close observer of not only human nature, but nature's creations and elements also. It is the first time in literary history that someone tells about the inner feelings and thrill of the rain in pouring out, spreading on the ground, seeping into the inner bowels of the earth and sustaining this planet.

Dotted silver threads, delivering love messages.

Rain is dotted silver threads dropped from heaven by Gods, which nature takes away then to adorn her fields and valleys. She is beautiful pearls plucked by the Daughter of Dawn from some sovereign's crown, to embellish her gardens. The clouds and fields are lovers and she is a messenger between them. By pouring out the rain cures the cloud, and by coming down to the ground she quenches the thirst of the field. The voice of thunder declares her arrival and the rainbow her departure. When she cries coming down the skies the hills laugh, when she reaches the ground the flowers rejoice, and when she has seeped down deep into the soil all things are elated.

Listen to the rain: it is an incessant song.

Rain emerges from the heart of the sea and soars with the breeze. When she sees a field in need, she descends and downpours and embraces the flowers and trees in her own million little ways. In human houses, she touches the windows with soft gentle fingers and all can hear her welcome song which but the sensitive can understand. She is born out of heat in the air which in her turn she kills, exactly as a woman overcomes a man with the strength she takes from him. Rain is the sigh of the sea, the laughter of the field and the tears of the Heaven and Love. One will wonder how scientific and close Kahlil Gibran was. It was as if he entered the very soul of the Rain to sing on her behalf. This song is only one of Gibran's many exquisite creations. Just listen to the rain: it is the tune that made this song. Gibran did not invent or create a tune for this song, he copied it.

Rivers, meadows and mountains all sing songs after rain.

As the rain reaches earth, life in the planet rejuvenates. Rivers, rivulets, streams, ponds, lakes, lagoons and oceans replenishes. Nature appears as if she has been washed out clean and lain to dry in sunshine. Grass turns lush green, squirrels birds and cows come out and the sky is once more serene. Rivers, meadows and mountains all sing songs after a rain.

Song Of The Rain. The Poem Recast.


Slightly edited and recast in the true
poetic form by P.S.Remesh Chandran, Editor,
Sahyadri Books & Bloom Books, Trivandrum.

I am dotted silver - threads
Dropped from heaven by Gods,
Nature takes me then - to
Adorn her fields and valleys.

I am beautiful pearls - plucked
From the crown of Ishtar,
By the daughter of Dawn - to
Embellish her gardens.

Rain, the most joyful thing in this world.

When I cry the hills laugh - and
When I humble myself
The flowers rejoice, and when I
Bow, all things are elated.

The 'field and cloud are lovers - me a
Messenger of mercy between them,
I quench the thirst of the field - and
Cure th'ailment of the cloud.

The 'voice of thunder declares
My 'arrival and the rainbow
A'nnounces my departure - 'am like
Earthly life which begins at
The 'feet of mad elements, ends
Un'der th'upraised wings of death.

I gently touch the windows with my soft fingers.

Heart 'of the sea I emerge from - and
Soar with the breeze. When I see
A 'field in need I descend and
Em'brace the flowers and trees - in my
'Million little ways.

I 'gently touch the windows
With my s'oft fingers - And my
An'nouncement is a welcome - song
'All can hear but only - the sensi-
Tive can understand.

I am the laughter of the field.

I 'am the sigh of the sea,
The laughter of the field,
The 'tears of the Heaven,
'And so is with love.

Sighs 'from deep sea of affection,
Laugh'ter from colourful field
Of 'spirit; and tears from th'endless
'Heaven of memories.

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author avatar PSRemeshChandra
15th Apr 2011 (#)

Rain is legendary. It is what caused and preserved life in this planet. Life which arrived in some meteorite particle and remained in the sky was brought down to the earth in a rain. When it rained incessantly for months and months, the world submerged in floods but Noah with a few samples of life forms escaped in his Ark. When water subsided he offered a sacrifice and prayer to God who solaced and assured man that he will never again destroy world through water. As a token of his covenant, he laid his beautiful bow on the rain clouds. After the rain, when the rainbow appears God is reminded of his promise to man that he will not destroy the world again with rain. It is true, after the rainbow there is no rain, though there is excellent scientific reason for the same.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
17th Apr 2011 (#)

Great compilation.
A true literary commentary on the poetry of the spiritual poet Kahlil Gibran.

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author avatar LOVERME
16th Apr 2011 (#)

the rain
i think none of us can compose
such exquisite rainy poetry as did Kahlill Gibran of yesterdays ,
we all are more proasic the poetic poets ,
of to day ,
let us hope some day ,
we can compose poems Kahlill Gibrans ,
innimitable way

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
17th Apr 2011 (#)

Rain inspires.
Your comment is wonderful.
And I saw you got inspired by this and posted a tribute also.

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author avatar PSRemeshChandra
1st May 2011 (#)

Yes Dear Rathnashikamani. I read Loverme's tribute too. It is fine. Someday, as loverme likes, many will begin to write as inimitably as Gibran thereby ending all inimitability. Anyway, considering your love for the Rain Theme, I have posted a few pictures now.

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author avatar Jass khurana
1st Oct 2011 (#)

i luv this poem as i get to know about god messagesand nao i belive in god

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author avatar Prachi
4th Dec 2011 (#)

i luv dis poem bcoz this poem is in my syllabus

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author avatar Bindu
14th Dec 2011 (#)

This is quite beautiful with all those wet shots... Long live Gibran through his words and expressions....

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author avatar Roushan Mishra
25th Dec 2011 (#)

I m passionately interested in this song as it's full of personification.

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author avatar PSRemeshChandra
5th Jan 2012 (#)

Dear Jass Khurana, Prachi, Bindu and Roushan Mishra,

Thank you for your observations and comments. When Kahlil Gibran is concerned, no one in this world can know whoever were captivated for once or for a life time by this immortal poet. Certainly Sarojini Naidu and Rabindranath Tagore loved him. Because the present day world sees many poets who are lacking in musical minds, our only solace is the abundance of ancient poetry left to us as a legacy by the bygone poets. Because of their time-surpassing musical poetry we do not feel and sense poetry drying up around us. Gibran is perhaps one of the last poets of that era, a picture which probably will be the last one we see standing there when we too are leaving this world.

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author avatar Mancirat kaur
15th Jan 2012 (#)

A beautiful this poem because i love nature and i am passionately interested in nature.Gibron has beautifully shown all the forms of the rain

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author avatar PSRemeshChandra
16th Apr 2012 (#)

As you say, Kahlil Gibran has beautifully shown all the forms and expressions of poems. He was in fact, sculpting this poem in Time, he being a gifted sculptor who made immortal images in bronze. You can't help not loving this poem. It is one of the poet's masterpieces, held in high appreciation all over the world. I guess you are from Punjab, the land of five rivers and plenty of water, and the land of the brave. Thank you dear Mancirat Kaur for appreciating Gibran.

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author avatar Prakhar Jain
14th Dec 2012 (#)

Superb summary of the poem song of the rain.

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author avatar PSRemeshChandra
10th Jan 2013 (#)

I hope you enjoyed the poem as well, dear Prakhar Jain.

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author avatar Meghna chaudhuri
18th Feb 2014 (#)

i loved the poem as it helped me to know more about rain and Mr.Gibran. I enjoyed a lot .

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author avatar PSRemeshChandra
14th Mar 2014 (#)

The loveliness of rain and the majesty of Gibran in conceiving about rain were what were supposed to be conveyed through this article. It is a pleasure to know that Ms. Meghna Chaudhuri loved and enjoyed this poem. There are three more Gibran poems recast in the true poetic form and published here in Wikinut by me. They are..1. The Creation Of Man And Woman, 2. Song Of The Wave and 3. A Poet's Death Is His Life.

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author avatar Sumone
13th Mar 2014 (#)

but why is the beauty of this poem shattered by asking questions about it in exams??

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author avatar PSRemeshChandra
14th Mar 2014 (#)

In English examinations, noted works in English literature are expected to be studied by learners and questions on them answered. It cannot be avoided in the academic system of education. But learners like Sumone can certainly go beyond the purview of examinations and even beyond the limitations of academic endeavors and immerse themselves in poetry as this writer did in his college days, after finding himself in the same situation. Like it is observed here, the tediousness of examinations and unaesthetic minds of a few teachers do harm a learner's finer perceptions and his or her introductions to poetry, but to reach the nearness of a poet's creation of poetic beauty, one certainly has to strive a little and go beyond what is orthodox. What Sumone asked is not an isolated question.

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15th Mar 2014 (#)


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author avatar Aditya
15th Mar 2014 (#)

how do you think the song of the rain is the song of the soul??????(CBSE Q 2014 CLASS 9)

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author avatar PSRemeshChandra
15th Mar 2014 (#)

It's actually a song of the soul of the rain.

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