CAROL ALENA ARONOFF

Dreaming Women in Rain

For Agha Shahid Ali

On wings of butterfly, Sophia rides the sea through early rain.
Her silken form skims an inky void in the dawning, in rain.

Indigo fans, jeweled clouds seed dreams of unseen realms.
How do we know she is not a mirage in the puddling rain?

What of the widowed flower seller whispering underwater?
Who will tend the martyr's grave? Leave marigolds in rain?

My neighbor is dressed in scarves of melancholy and amber.
With a crown on her head, she cries as she walks in the rain.

Nearby, the head of an alabaster statue with gleaming sockets.
Eyes her lonely heaven and prays for Agha in the streaming rain.

In dream I could lose myself in waves of snow and salt.
But then I would miss the exotic thrum, the flow of rain.

How do we feel joy in a world of concrete and sorrow?
My two year old son knew wilted daisies longed for rain.  

Forgiveness shapes the temple. Long shadows mourn. Gaia
covers the bones of royal ancestors to protect their reign.

A thunderstorm sings to the neighboring field in shades of silver.
Her lover unloved finds love again, shelters beneath oak avoiding rain.

Along a cobbled street, monks offer begging bowls to all Buddhas.
Like Carol, content to get nothing in return, they laugh at the rain.


Carol Alena Aronoff, Ph.D. is a psychologist, teacher and writer. Her poetry has been published in Comstock Review, Poetica, Sendero, Buckle&, Asphodel, Tiger's Eye, Cyclamens & Swords, Quill & Parchment, Avocet, Bosque, 200 New Mexico Poems, Women Write Resistance, Before There is Nowhere to Stand, Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai, et al. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, participated in Braided Lives, collaboration of artists/poets, Ekphrasis: Sacred Stories of the Southwest, and (A) Muses Poster Retrospective for the 2014 Taos Fall Arts Festival. The Nature of Music, was published by Blue Dolphin Publishing in 2005, Cornsilk  in 2006, Her Soup Made the Moon Weep, in 2007, Blessings from an Unseen World in 2013 and Dreaming Earth's Body, in 2015.
Currently, she resides in rural Hawaii--working her land, meditating in nature and writing.