An ordinary winter day
By a common street of a small California town.
Cold and bleak all around.
A few pedestrians on rain soaked sidewalk, homebound.
An excited exclaiming came around:
“Look at THAT!”
There it was, shimmering, dazzling, dangling on the North East,
Wet from birth, against a gloomy background,
Across the entire sky, wide and tall,
A magnificent rainbow, earthbound.
All souls on the sidewalk ceased walking,
Jaws dropping, eyes popping, not a sound around.
“Haven’t seen a rainbow THIS big, all my life!”
An old man muttered, astounded.
However briefly it intervened the ordinary,
All left with a sense of wonder, newly found.
When life seemed a routine and we least expected the extraordinary,
there came the unexplainable and confound.
(Poem by Joanne Tan, 11/12/13. Photo by Joanne Tan, all rights reserved.)