Summer rain, washing away the dust: cleaning and cooling the clouds and leaving grey sheets of warm perfumed air in its wake.
Butterflies shelter in the vine dry against the house wall.
The lavender is curved down by the wet weight of its own heavy loveliness .
Pale hollyhocks cup bees circling the stiff stigmas untroubled by the slanting rain.
The cat leaves off hunting sparrows sheltering on the bird table, in order to cringe from the low thunder.
Now it is glittering sunshine, now black towering clouds, now the suffocating perfume of budliea breathing through the saturated air.
Will there ever be a day like this again?