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Faces&Voices


AN ANTHOLOGY
OF VERSE, PROSE

AND ART

by
the Composition
for Honours Class,
Howard University,
2001-200
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E. R. BRAITHWAITE
Professor

Faces & Voices 4
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The Raindrop
Richar A Fields, Jr
Decatur, Georgia - Accounting

I like to believe that my existence is more than a plummeting transparent sphere in a
tumultuous shower of countless raindrops that penetrate the Earthís crust, never to be
seen again. Yet, when I splash violently into what is but an idle creek of Mother Natureís
meticulous creation, I see that my impact is short lived, like a flash of spectacular
lightning against the black cloak of night.

Still, there is hope, for me, for others, for those whose conscience cannot conceive the disheartening and horrific thought of perishing without a cause, evaporating into nothingness.

Listen. Itís raining.

The drops trickle down the slippery surface of unsuspecting leaves perched at the summit
of a magnificent oak which stands with its tremendous arms outstretched towards the
glorious heavens like an angel.

Growing, flowing, they leak down its callous skin, accumulating into a congregation of
one, and they run. To brooks and lakes, down tributaries and streams, into the great
Chattahoochee and Ocmulgee rivers. Inches turn to feet and meters to miles of liquid life
that scintillates and glistens in the sunís rays as if its surface was contrived of a million
exquisite diamonds.

Along this fabulous journey, I seeped into the dirt and discovered a community of lost souls, just as myself. A beautiful system, unseen, unheard, but altogether felt by all who
walk and breathe. One could never imagine that the inception of this curious, spectacular
secret was a single, shimmering drop of water.


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(First Published in limited print edition, An Anthology of Verse, Prose & Art, by the Composition for Honours Class, Howard University, Spring 2002. Professor E.R. Braithwaite)
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