‘Umbrella’ Howard Wright

Suddenly it’s raining. I can’t go outside.

I step back in. There is no shortage of time.

In the warm shop I can watch the clouds

and buy an umbrella as the rain

has stopped everything. People shelter

as if from a crime. We must be patient.

I wait and enjoy the rain. I should buy

an umbrella, but instead wait and buy time.

You would think the rain is on for the day

as it starts to climb the kerbs. I need time

to choose that umbrella, nothing floral

or ornithological, just long-handled in black.

I can walk home as there is plenty of time.

People don’t talk, they watch the weather.

They don’t use umbrellas. I would buy this one

if we had all the rain and time in the world.