in the sky

i watched the weather
transition between
dark gray clouds,
patches of blue,
sudden sunlight,
wind sending rain
sideways and
then the sun
again

sending warmth
against my back

if i hadn’t been
looking up just then
i would not have seen
the rainbow
tracing its way
all the way
across the sky
from earth to earth

it is so easy
to fixate
on the chill,
the darkness,
the wet,
to wallow in gloom,

to forget that
the color
the brightness
is always there,
waiting
to be cast
in the right
light

and we can see it

and when we can’t
we can remember
it is there.

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