On Watching Rainfall

For reasons unknown, the train stopped.

It was evening, and I was heading home. The day had been dreary — dark clouds, winds, periods of heavy rain followed by mist. Were it not for the overcast skies and the rainfall, the day might’ve been brilliant; temperatures hovered near seventy, even this morning.

When the train arrived, I took a seat on the last car, opened up my bag, and pulled out the mystery novel I started reading yesterday. Rain began to fall against the car’s windows.

A few miles south of the office, south even of the Baltimore Beltway, the train crosses a lake.

For reasons unknown, the train stopped on the bridge.

Rain fell, and I watched as raindrops made concentric circles of splashes in the water. A light breeze kicked up some waves, giving the appearance of some chop.

We sat there for three or four minutes, and then the train moved again.

Perhaps there was a herd of deer standing on the tracks. I don’t know.

It was peaceful, sitting on a bridge, watching rainfall.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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