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Finest All Hallows’ Eve Song, by Britta Benson

Picture credit: Britta Benson

This poem was inspired by Mark’s blog post on the micro season of light rain showers. I’ve been following his blog for a while and never quite dared to put my two pennies of wisdom out there.

Well, here goes. Light rain showers…

In Scotland, we have smirr. That irritating, penetrating, finest specimen of lightest rain. Just sits there, in the air, waiting for you to soak it all up. Doesn’t seem like much, at first. A few steps into your walk, though, you’ll realize that it has seeped deep into your bones’ core, where it shall take up residency, until next spring at least.

Finest All Hallows’ Eve song

Smirr hovers mid air.
Siren mist, persistent drift.
Soft stealth, pierce the dead!


15 thoughts on “Finest All Hallows’ Eve Song, by Britta Benson

    1. The smirr works by stealth! It really doesn’t seem like much at first contact, but oh, it’s powerful. I’m not surprised you could feel it all the way over at your bit! Smirr seeps into your bones… beware! Thanks for reading and commenting, Sarah. Much appreciated.

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    1. Thanks, Margaret. Smirr is a great word. The experience, however, not so much so… I think, sometimes people spell it ‘Smurr’, which makes it look even more threatening. Smurr! And don’t forget to roll the ‘rrrrrrrrr’.

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  1. What a wonderful contribution to the conversation about light rain. Smirr is a new word for me and maybe a location specific Kigo! Thank you for writing and linking up. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Mark. Much appreciated. I’ve been following your blog for a while, sitting on the fence, not quite ready to chime in, but very interested in your thoughtful posts. I’m not sure ‘smirr’ qualifies as kigo, since it can happen any time of the year. Some people in Scotland spell it ‘smurr’, which looks quite threatening and sounds even more so, especially if you roll the ‘rrrrrrr’.

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      1. That is interesting that smirr happens any time of year! Even if it isn’t a kigo, it is a great word and fits well in poetry. Thanks again and I look forward to reading more of your work!

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