It’s Raining in Love- Richard Brautigan

So today was my first day back at school and as usual we got homework, but to tell you the truth, I don’t mind it one bit. Part of our homework assignment tonight was to choose a poem from the book Poetry 180 by Billy Collins. This book is made up of, I believe, 180 different poetry writers and well I came across this really cute piece. I hope you enjoy it.

Richard Brautigan- It’s Raining in Love

I don’t know what it is,
but I distrust myself
when I start to like a girl a lot.

It makes me nervous.
I don’t say the right things
or perhaps I start
to examine
evaluate
compute
what I am saying.

If I say, “Do you think it’s going to rain?”
and she says, “I don’t know,”
I start thinking: Does she really like me?
In other words
I get a little creepy.

A friend of mine once said,
“It’s twenty times better to be friends with
someone than it is to be in love with them.”

I think he’s right and besides.
it’s raining somewhere, programming flowers
and keeping snails happy.
That’s all taken care of.

BUT
If a girl likes me a lot
and starts getting real nervous
and suddenly begins asking me funny questions
and looks sad if I give the wrong answers
and she says things like,
“Do you think it’s going to rain?”
and I say, “It beats me”
and she says “Oh,”
and looks a little sad
at the clear blue California sky,
I think: Thank God, it’s you, baby, this time instead of me.

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