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  Tap, Tap, Tap Came The Rain
by Mr. Ed
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
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“It's the circle of life, and it moves us all,

Through despair and hope, through faith and love,

 Until we find our place, on the path unwinding.”


Elton John, From The Lion King



I was once again camping, out back

And I was about to doze off to sleep

When tap, tap, tap came the rain above

Soon unleashing a flood of memories for me


Suddenly, I was back in my old childhood yard

Now camping in a homemade tent, with Mousie

I was about five years old, on a grand adventure

The tap, tap, tap of the rain on the tarp so exciting


Then, it was on to camping with the Cub and Boy Scouts

Each camping trip, traveling further and further from home

First in a tiny pup tent, than moving on to large canvas tents

The tap, tap, tap of the rain on these tents at night, I loved so


Eventually, I was camping on my own up in the great northwood

A place that I soon grew to love, both in the daylight, and at night

I’d often take one of my dogs with me, like I had with little Mousie

And the tap, tap, tap of the rain on my tent, still filled me with delight


And then along came Hurricane Katrina, and my pet rescue efforts

Camping in my old tent and then in my truck, each and every night

Right next to me was my new friend Tater, a canine storm survivor

Who appreciated my company, after his horrendous hurricane plight


And now here I was, once again camping in my yard, with a wild dog

It seems that life has now brought me full circle, back to my own yard

The tap, tap, tap, of the rain on the tarp roof of the kennel, so marvelous

I was now back doing what I had loved as a child, after traveling so very far


I was once again camping, out back,

And I was just about to doze off to sleep;

When tap, tap, tap came the rain from above,

Soon unleashing a flood of fond memories for me.



©May 2012, Mr. Ed







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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 5/24/2012
lovely read

Reviewed by JMS Bell 5/24/2012
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 5/23/2012
So sweet the memories *Mr Ed*
rain refreshing the air!!!!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 5/23/2012
Your poem is tapping on peoples heart....... bless ya!
Reviewed by John Domino 5/23/2012
Hey Ed,

First of all, a GREAT poem about camping out back. Is that your backyard?

I even loved sleeping in tents when I was in the USAF. We did not do it often enough , but when we did I was always put in charge of things because I loved to explore, fix things and scout. Yes, I loved the rain too. It's tooo Cool!
Reviewed by Andy Turner 5/22/2012
Hmmm, Ed, are you sure it was rain? Your Bruv Ed M has been wondering around rather aimlessly.
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 5/22/2012
I agree wholeheartedly with Anna. You Rock!!! You inspire compassion and action and hope.
I love camping too and always have. Fancy hotel rooms bore me. I prefer the outdoors where the rain is incredibly freeing!
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 5/22/2012
That's quite a circle you Lion King you. I too did much tenting in my youth sometimes in the winter. I learned to appreciate a good sleeping bag. Patrick
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 5/22/2012
YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just can't say it enough! How many humans would go to the extremes that you do to help out a poor little lost and alone......Bless you, Ed!

Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 5/22/2012
Delightful poem to your memories of rain tapping on canvas.
Love camping. Many memories bring a smile to me.

Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 5/22/2012
Love camping, animals and the way you have related these type of memories.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 5/22/2012
U can have tent camping, I will just stay in a trailer or such...I can still hear the "Tap, Tap, Tap" all too well sometimes...e
Reviewed by Laura Fall 5/22/2012
Wonderfully written of childhood memories and the photo sure suits this great write Laura
Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley 5/22/2012
How wonderful. Isn't it interesting from a young lad until now, unbeknownst to you, that this was your path in life. It was a preview to do what you love with "some" little boy charm left among in the memories of it all.

I loved this, I used to go camping as well up to Big Bear, Blue Jay, all in California camping outdoors with the girl scouts and my parents as well.

Thank you for stimulating lovely memories for me and as well for you Mr. Ed

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