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)