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Autumn 2009, vol 7 no 3


Warm Rain
Nora Wood


My father was an avid equestrian and disciplinarian. His four daughters dreaded riding with him because he sternly and constantly corrected our form or technique.

I wish I could remember why we went riding together that day, when I was 15 and more interested in Seventeen magazine than going on horseback with my dad. I certainly wouldn't have gone willingly.

As we guided our horses up the narrow trail through the aspen groves and Indian paintbrush of the national forest—dad in his cowboy hat in front and I, bare-headed in back—a light rain began. I recall the easy quiet between us with only the sound of rain, squeak of saddles bearing our weight, and a horse's hoof striking an exposed root or rock. I can still smell the ozone, the woods, the scent of wet horse and leather.

warm rain
only the trail before us
silence between us


Nora Wood Nora Wood grew up near the Tetons in Wyoming. She is a writer and poet living in Atlanta, Georgia with her two daughters. She took up daily haiku-writing in 2007 as a discipline and creative outlet. Nora's poetry has been published in Simply Haiku, The Heron's Nest, Frogpond, MagnaPoets, contemporary haibun online, Sketchbook, World Haiku Review, Temps Libres, and the HSA 2009 Anthology.