It walked as wet as any Wave


Like Rain it sounded till it curved

And then I knew ’twas Wind –

It walked as wet as any Wave

But swept as dry as sand –

When it had pushed itself away

To some remotest Plain

A coming as of Hosts was heard

That was indeed the Rain –

It filled the Wells, it pleased the Pools

It warbled in the Road –

It pulled the spigot from the Hills

And let the Floods abroad –

It loosened acres, lifted seas

The sites of Centres stirred

Then like Elijah rode away

Upon a Wheel of Cloud.



I love the way she personifies simple things like rain storms. I also love the words she picks like “warbled”.

What is your favorite word in this poem?


2 thoughts on “It walked as wet as any Wave

  1. It does take skill to personify things well. Dickens wrote about a tower “whose gruff old bell was always peeping slyly down at Scrooge…and struck with tremulous vibrations afterwards as if its teeth were chattering in its frozen head up there.”

    Would you like to try a “personification in poetry challenge” sometime? Like “personify the month, the season, a or fruit-bearing tree”?

    As for terms, I like a “Wheel of cloud” myself.


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