Double Rainbow

By Ravi Shankar b. 1975 Ravi Shankar
Speeding, without destination, after dark
torrents have poured & been returned
at home, the skies above mirror my mood,

windshield wipers knifing through sheets,
back roads slick with pooling, when a shard
of cloudlessness opens. Pulling over, cutting

the ignition, I unstitch myself from the humid
seat, still fuming, to greet a full spectrum
of color arcing past the treetops in lockstep

with its fainter inverse. Archer's bow, hem
of the sun god's coat, bridge between worlds,
reconciliation & pardon. They don't last.

Ravi Shankar, "Double Rainbow" from Deepening Groove, published by The National Poetry Review. Copyright © 2011 by Ravi Shankar.  Reprinted by permission of Ravi Shankar.

Source: Deepening Groove (The National Poetry Review, 2011)

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Poet Ravi Shankar b. 1975

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Nature, Weather

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Poet Ravi Shankar grew up in Virginia, earning a BA from the University of Virginia and an MFA from Columbia University. His collections of poetry include Instrumentality (2004), a finalist for the 2005 Connecticut Book Awards; the collaborative chapbook Wanton Textiles (2006), with Reb Livingston; and Deepening Groove (2011), winner of the National Poetry Review Prize.

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SUBJECT Nature, Weather

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Poetic Terms Tercet

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