Closer than the clinging rain


the rain glitters on the dark hair of night like stars

to love you as you are, is to love you as you were

when the first rain fell unknown to anyone but you

and we surrendered to our separate destiny

even as you surrendered to us the closeness

of a rain that has never stopped falling

calling us to the universe within us, within you

i hold you close to me, closer than the clinging rain

not knowing if i let go of you, will you let go of me

or will you hold me closer still


by the South African poet Shabbir Banoobhai