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The Rainmaker
by Gwen Dickerson

Thursday, April 24, 2003
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A rainmaker danced on dry hard clay
Chanting, prancing, throughout the day
Asking favor -- he reverently sang
Mighty One -- send us bountiful rain

Barren dry fields -- where corn once grew
Give evidence to drought and famine too
Empty bread baskets and anguish abound
Animals lie dying on merciless ground

A weaken rainmaker and the sick do cry
"Mighty One -- do not our bequest deny"
The ninth day welcomes a cloud laden sky
With thundering clashes -- it does reply

An outburst disperses much needed rain
Tribesmen begin to rejoice again   
All praise the great benevolent one
Relief and renewal have now begun

An exhausted rainmakeer lies down to die
Chanting again -- 'neath an angry sky
This weather warrior has given his all
May Mighty One grant his soul's last call

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Reviewed by Lee Garrett 8/12/2014
Hi, Gwen, I like the imagery here. You get pulled into an older world. Good story arc too. One minor thing, a little more authenticity can be attained by changing corn to maize, which is the Indian corn they had before the white man showed up with the modern variety. By the way, I found a type of Anasazi flute I'm planning to buy that is also called a "rainmaker". It makes a beautiful sound.
Reviewed by bluecornflower orangetiger 2/10/2011

Amen! Best wishes, Mary
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 6/19/2010
well done
Reviewed by Richard Vallance (Reader) 6/9/2003
Hi, Gwen!

Having been to many a pow-wow and healing circle in my lifetime, I must tell you how very much I appreciate this moving poem!

Thanks again,

Richard Vallance,
Ottawa, Ontario,

Reviewed by Rodney Bohen 5/3/2003
Alas, Samsons last request!
I enjoyed...
Rodney Evan Bohen
Reviewed by Dove (Reader) 5/2/2003
You seem to have lot's of earth mother in you..! Excellent write, Gwen

Dove ~
Reviewed by Jim McClellan 5/2/2003
I particularly liked the flow and rhythm. It also gives needed insight to this land's original denizen.

Mac =)
Reviewed by ♥ Kari Hirshey ♥ (Reader) 4/25/2003
I really loved the imagery in this one. Sounds like beautiful land.. :)
Reviewed by Patricia Gomes 4/25/2003
How absolutely stunning! Excellent imagery renders this one visual to the extreme. Kudos!
Reviewed by William Bonilla 4/25/2003
a wonderful deep poem
great imagery

Reviewed by Digital Fairy 4/25/2003
"This weather warrior has given his all
May "Mighty One" grant his soul's last call!"

May he have found the peace that comes after the storm...

A very thought provoking write :)

Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 4/25/2003
This was wonderful in its capture of a noble spirit,


Reviewed by na na (Reader) 4/25/2003
Gwen, the rainmaker gave his heart and his life to his cause. He could give no less.
He he gave is all though it cost him his life. Our troops in Iraq are rainmakers also protecting America. God bless you and this poem. Bill
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 4/25/2003
This is lovely and profound, Gwen.
Reviewed by Cherokee Sage (Reader) 4/24/2003
This sounds like my country and you've capture the essence of its beauty.
Reviewed by Tony Nerone 4/24/2003
Dear Gwen, I loved this magical writing. I think we should honor Native Americans more than we do. I grew up in an era where the movies depicted them as savages.


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