Patter to Petrichor
by Sasindie Subasinghe (Sri Lanka)
Audio: "Patter to Petrichor," read by Sasindie Subasinghe
It begins with patter, like the impatient tap
of painted nails, the rain thrums on the roof.
The wind swooshes in, positions the curtains
parallel to the floor, and does a better job than
the house cat at knotting eights between
your ankles. The water falls faster. Faster than
the flurry of feet, rushing to fasten slamming
doors and shivering windows. It’s cold.
But the rain beckons for you in pattering
undulations, promising fluttering rains
and the sweetest taste of the cosmos
on your lips. So you succumb. Fingers wrapping
around metal window grills, you stretch out your hand
and call for the rain. So it kisses you, like sparks
across your skin. And then, as abruptly as it began,
it ends. And it ends with petrichor.
Sasindie Subasinghe is a 17-year-old writer from Colombo, Sri Lanka. She likes long car rides, sipping tea on rainy evenings, and gazing into the night sky. You can find her writing infused with lightning, stars, the sciences, and a quiet resolve to understand the ways of life.
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6/26/22, 1:46 PM
Wow you are so talented! I relate this a lot to my paternal grandfather who passed away two years ago and is very similar to yours. Sometimes family can judge you but I agree you should learn to live in the present and be happy with out having a fancy job/being married. Keep up the great work!
6/22/22, 8:15 PM
You've done a wonderful job here.
Your intricate descriptions of the race and the emotions conferred by it is excellent.
6/22/22, 8:13 PM
6/22/22, 8:09 PM
You've done a beautiful work here.
The flow of the story, the gripping emotions it enthralls the reader with, it's very wonderful.
Thank you for this.
6/18/22, 6:08 AM
This write-up is absolutely amazing. It made me realize why I am who I am, and I could also relate a lot. Hope you never stop writing, and I hope to read a full-length book from you soon!<3
6/17/22, 2:50 AM
It was so good to read..i really liked the description the storyline ,the plot ,everything 👍
6/7/22, 3:25 PM
This piece is a beautiful reminder of how ugly teenage years can be. It's real and it hurts but it's so good. Please never stop writing!
6/7/22, 3:15 PM
Your description of the change and how sometimes our parents don't have words to tell us that they love us and use material things as a substitute is relatable. My family has never really been open about their feelings but we show our love through little things and that's why it hit so close to home. I love this piece! Keep up your amazing work!
5/30/22, 9:05 PM
This was beautifully written.
5/25/22, 11:06 AM
Where to read the further story??
5/25/22, 2:45 AM
This is incredible and heartbreaking and real. I’m glad I stopped to read :)
5/24/22, 12:26 PM
I love the way you wrote the story. The fine description of the burn in thighs made it relatable 😳. Pls keep up your amazing work!! :)