Seven Poems for a Rainy Day

Rainy days are my favourite days for confining myself to my bed and indulging in just a little heartache. Heartache, as it turns out, is good for the soul. For my soul, at least. It opens it up. It kicks my emotions into gear, has them all racing to be first out onto the page. On these days, there are particular poems I turn to. Poems I’m envious I didn’t have the talent to write; poems that throw my heart off a twenty story building; poems that lay down beside me in bed and leave love bites on my neck. You might not have rainy day poetry rituals, but if you’re human, you have bad days, you have soft days, you have days you need to just make it through alive, so these are for you. A survival kit of poetry.

1. Facts About the Moon by Dorianne Laux

2. Hurling Crowbirds at Mockingbars by Buddy Wakefield

3. This is Not an Elegy by Catherine Pierce

4. Don’t Go Far Off by Pablo Neruda

5. Mad Girl’s Love Song by Sylvia Plath

6. Litany in which Certain Things are Crossed Out by Richard Siken

7. Instructions for a Bad Day by Shane Koyczan

Contributing Editor /

Donna-Marie Riley currently resides in the South West of England. She is author of the poetry collection Love and Other Small Wars, published by Words Dance, and also featured in Between Sentiment and Sensation: Vol I, published by Red Paint Hill. She romanticizes cold coffee and bitten nails and she likes her poetry shaken, not stirred.