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Magical Rainbows

The one thing that I truly love about nature is rainbows. As a child I always looked for the rainbow after a rainstorm. I remember going through a hurricane like storm where trees and branches and things were blown around. Afterwards there was quiet and the sun came out. The clouds parted and among all this chaos up in the sky was a rainbow. There are seven colors in a rainbow red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.

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The end of the rainbow is supposedly the Irish leprechaun’s place for hiding his pot of gold. I know I always wondered how to find the rainbow’s end when it really is impossible to tell where it is since a rainbow is an optical effect and the location of the rainbow may be different to each viewer. Try walking toward a rainbow can you reach it? Artists have included rainbows in their paintings. Poets have mentioned them in their poems and writers in their stories.

Everyone remembers when Dorothy portrayed by Judy Garland sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz”. However my favorite version is by Harry Nilsson which is included in the movie “You’ve Got Mail” starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks.

To remember the colors of the rainbow I used to think of my favorite things associated with the different colors:

Red – roses and strawberries

Orange – oranges

Yellow – the sun

Green – the grass and the leaves on trees and emeralds

Blue – the sky and at one time my favorite color

Indigo – the hardest one to remember but I think it was a color in a tie dyed T-shirt I once had

Violet – violets

I leave you with happy thoughts of rainbows and a poem I wrote which includes a rainbow but as you see I haven’t included all the colors just those that stood out the most in my memory.

 

Raindrops

A gray world outside,

raindrops beating,

against my window pane.

feeling sad –

crying along with the rain.

A sleepy day,

raindrops pattering,

on my roof.

A blue day –

all shrouded in gray.

When it seems that nostalgia,

comes along with the rain,

my favorite songs,

beat a tune along with the raindrops –

splattering against the window pane.

Suddenly the clouds all,

all roll away,

slowly the dark clouds,

break up,

out comes the sun,

chasing those blues away,

a wet world looking all –

shiny and new.

Raindrops everywhere,

colors reflected by the sun.

Green drops on the leaves and red on the roses,

while overhead.

stretching across the sky –

a rainbow appears.

Red, blue, yellow, purple and green,

in a clear blue sky,

the rainbow stretches,

like a magical bridge –

as far as the eyes can see.

What do you think?

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  1. Aha! It’s a special coincidence!
    The thin rainbow just disappeared from my sky. After a heavy rain paused, the beautiful one appeared for a moment, then again replaced by cloudy and drizzling!
    I also remembered the title, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” but this one is a title song from Supergroup Rainbow with the powerful guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. Have a great day, my friend.

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