2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life. They contemplate the ongoing Summer Rain in Brisbane and the Star Wagon which can only start with a hammer and stick like the old days of cranking the engine up. Lizzy will be taking buses along Coronation Drive to kick the engine over when Izzy hits it with the hammer with the orange handle. That means the red umbrella and the almost certainty of getting wet as the rain just continues to DRIZZLE. Don’t matter . Its SUMMER RAIN.

Mountain fruit drop in the rain
and grass insects sing under my oil lamp.
White hair, after all, can never change
as yellow gold cannot be created.
If you want to know how to get rid
of age, its sickness, study nonbeing.

– Wang Wei, 699-761
Laughing Lost in the Mountains: Poems of Wang We




I think of the garden after the rain;
And hope to my heart comes singing,
At morn the cherry-blooms will be white,
And the Easter bells be ringing! ~Edna Dean Proctor, “Easter Bells”



Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.




I rebuke the wind and revile the rain,
I do not know the Buddhas and patriarchs;
My single activity turns in the twinkling of an eye,
Swifter even than a lightning flash.

– Nampo, 1306
Zen Buddhism: A History, Japan, Heinrich Dumoulin, p. 40


No more prizes for predicting rain. Prizes only for building arks.


You have to have lots of rain before you can have your rainbow!


The itsy bitsy spider (or The eensy weensy spider)
climbed up the water spout.
Down came the rain
and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun
and dried up all the rain.
And the itsy bitsy spider (or eensy weensy spider)
climbed up the spout again.

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