The rain fell –
the farmer celebrated,
the builder complained.
This poem is about how people respond to social issue news.
The news sometimes has stories about social issues. It might be a law being passed, a change in public opinion, a change in industry practices, a survey, or something else. The news presents some change in a social issue.
Upon hearing the news, people have different reactions. People who support the change celebrate. People who oppose the change complain.
The idiosyncrasy of the situation, is that although the reactions are different, the news is the same. People hear exactly the same thing, but they have different responses to it.
This idea is portrayed in the poem. In the poem it started to rain. A farmer, who needs the rain for their crops, celebrates this occurrence. The builder, who has to stop work because of the rain, complains. Both people experience exactly the same thing, but they perceive it, are impacted by it, and respond to it in opposite ways.
The idea that people can see the same thing, but have different responses, can be a strange thing to an outside observer. It seems inconsistent. The poem highlights this idea.