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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Rainbow Lesson


I looked out
my gray
third-floor
office window
and I saw
a perfect rainbow,

the arc
of glorious color

and for the first time
in my life
I saw
where both ends
settled on the horizon.

This was a
completely unexpected
miracle.

Awestruck,
I grabbed my cell phone
and snapped a quick picture
but that didn't do it justice.

So, I opened my word processor
to try and capture that thrill,
that catch in my throat,
but when I turned again to look
it was gone,
lost somewhere
in the dirty white clouds
over the Southern California basin.

I felt the pang of loss immediately,
but I was
too grateful to be disappointed

because I just learned
everything I need to know
for the rest of my life.

(Note: This was written a few years ago, and it seemed appropriate to the prompt of being alive in the moment.  So, I offer it up for D'Verse Meeting at the Bar.  Check it out at http://dversepoets.com/ )

19 comments:

  1. ...and it will remain within your heart forever. Sometimes our memory is the best picture.

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  2. Laurie's comment is perfect. I have experienced perfect rainbow once in my life and don't have a picture.

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  3. I like how you captured the moment...I think some moments are meant to be savored because it goes away very quickly ~

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  4. This absolutely captures the point of Victoria's prompt, and the Buddhist philosophy of simply enjoying and completely surrendering to existing in one present moment. Excellent ending.

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  5. Those are the BEST kinds of rainbows to see, and you don't get to catch them. I think they are very special as well. So glad you shared this from the archives.

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  6. Oh, I like those last two stanzas! Really brought this one home!
    http://charleslmashburn.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/if-the-clock-is-ticking/

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  7. those last lines-- brilliant.

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  8. Can't help but feel that part of the moment was missed by trying to capture it before it was over. I am someone who loves taking photographs, but sometimes I think I would experience a special event better if I left the camera at home...

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  9. The moments that are too fast to catch still can leave something behind that lasts. This matches up to the prompt nicely.

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  10. YES, that last stanza. Exactly.It.

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  11. grateful to be disappointed, because there's so much to learn

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  12. Rainbows are so special somehow..they fill us with a moment of awe and joy....a wonderful moment to savour :)

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  13. Shows experiencing the moment is where we have to be

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  14. This brought back the thrill I experienced when I first saw the end of a rainbow. In a churchyard, seen from the top of a bus. Thanks for it.

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  15. Wow, Buddhah. I just saw one this week in Palm Desert...when I saw your reference to SoCal I thought perhaps it was the same one. I like how you caught the ephemerality of it (is that a word?)

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  16. nature is our best inspiration

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  17. carpe diem my friend!! love your blog

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