A Rainbow Future After the Storm (Revised with Audio)

First the clouds gather, a bevy of soft doves,
transformed, reborn as wolves, who black and roaring

pounce with boom and crash, then with a flash,
the shrouded sky shines with strands of woven light,

a tapestry,
a multitude of shape, color, hues. Here, a strand of azure,
there, emerald-green, glistening with diamond sparkle, threaded
over, under–and again

embroidered with the vibrant wishes of children—blue horses, red deer,
twinkling golden stars, a spotted purple dog, a striped-orange cat—

all that—

a collection, a connection of
smiling faces brighter than the sun,
with dreams of a rainbow future–
after the storm is spent and done.

A Sunrise Rainbow ©️Merril D. Smith, 2021

For dVerse Open Link—Live.

I’ve revised this poem written for Paul Brooks’ January Ekphrastic Challenge last year. Here’s the link to the first version. You can see Kerfe Roig’s art, which inspired the poem. A couple of weeks ago, I saw rainbows on two different days. Here’s

47 thoughts on “A Rainbow Future After the Storm (Revised with Audio)

  1. This is exquisitely woven, Merril! I so love; “a connection of smiling faces brighter than the sun, with dreams of a rainbow future.” 💝💝

  2. It is hard to dislike a rainbow. Your poem is rife with vivid hues and golden light, much needed commodities these days. Thanks.

  3. I love the weave of colors. I kept being pulled by the bright beverage that, between that and your words, made my heard swirl.

  4. I am pleased you posted this here, Merril, as the kids interrupted the reading for me! I love the alliteration in this line:
    ‘the shrouded sky shines with strands of woven light’ – and it’s all beautiful to read and hear!

  5. Beautifully written and read. You read “smiling faces” as “shining faces” which may sound better to the ear – although you do have “shrouded sky shines” and may have wanted to avoid the repetition?

  6. Thank you for including the audio! I always enjoy your readings. I reread the original version of the poem, and I did you did a great job smoothing a couple of rough edges with your revisisions. I’m left with thinking how ironic it is that a routine phenomenon of nature can inspire such wonder and hope in us.

  7. A stunning poem, Merril. I love all the animal analogies, they bring it to life! Good to hear the audio too (as I missed you at Open Link). I love the first two stanzas particularly 🙂

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