Ideas and thoughts are like rain, they can keep on pouring. Sometimes it’s difficult to control your thoughts. That is what the American poet Shel Silverstein brings forward in his poem Rain.


Silverstein (1930 – 1999) was a master when it came to metaphors. In a previous article, we discussed his poem Bear in there. If you didn’t get the chance to read this before, you should definitely do this now!

The poem also includes the five senses: seeing, hearing, tasting, and touching. This poem leans heavily on what we know as imagery. In literature, this is the capability of an author to use descriptive language to add something else to the work. A deeper meaning if you prefer. It describes that what the author wants to bring forward more vividly. Not everyone is a fan of this. Some complain that it leads to written pieces that are exaggerated.

The final thought on this poem: is this really about a child with too much water in his head? Is this a metaphor for something that is pressing his thoughts? Remember, it will take some carefully placed steps after a heavy trauma. There isn’t a way to do what he really wants to: a handstand.




I opened my eyes
And looked up at the rain,
And it dripped in my head
And flowed into my brain,
And all that I hear as I lie in my bed
Is the slishity-slosh of the rain in my head.


I step very softly,
I walk very slow,
I can’t do a handstand–
I might overflow,
So pardon the wild crazy thing I just said–
I’m just not the same since there’s rain in my head.


Shel Silverstein


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