It rains in my heart

Following on from my series of illustrated poems, I have drawn a melancholic woman whom the poem ‘It rains in my heart’ by French poet Paul Verlaine evokes for me.

Drawing of a melancholic woman to illustrate the poem 'It rains in my heart' by Verlaine

Drawing inspired by a picture by Brent

It rains in my heart
As it rains on the town,
What languor so dark
That soaks to my heart?

Oh sweet sound of the rain
On the earth and the roofs!
For the dull heart again,
Oh the song of the rain!

It rains for no reason
In this heart lacking heart.
What? And no treason?
It’s grief without reason.

By far the worst pain,
Without hatred, or love,
Yet no way to explain
Why my heart feels such pain!

Paul Verlaine, Il pleure dans mon coeur (translation by A. S. Kline)

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