I’m a weather slut you know

“Everything Has Color”

gentle tap of showers on aluminum, the muggy morning chilled with atmospheric globules, the crack of the starter, engine chugs, click seat belt…

rest of ritual best left to thought, 6:30 and clouds everywhere, western skies black with salty air collected from Gulf, different than Atlantic, one is hot and furious, the other cold and merciless but water it is and water it remains

twenty-two miles ahead, roads damp, traffic light, lighter every day as jobs are lost, families move, money once flowed here, now weeds grow in foundations of dreams… seven long years this commute nothing changes but time and still the road unravels beneath my feet, black, black to match the mood

no sun but high in the western bank a flash of color, a short stub of a rainbow, barely there, but a screen pulls back, frequency by frequency white light hurled in pulsing waves to intersect with rising humidity now weeping at terminal velocity to strike my wandering eyes

darker the sky moves down and light from the east slips by high above, the vibrant color arcs slowly by degrees, up, up… around the bowl of forever it etches in glorious livid bands, doubled and reaching to encompass the horizon of the now…

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5 thoughts on “I’m a weather slut you know

    • This was a long time ago, but more recently I was driving to work and saw a rainbow that was so big and thick and bright it filled the western morning sky. It looked like a paintbrush had swiped across the clouds. When I got to work I mentioned it to a co-worker and she said her daughter had also seen the rainbow and said it was the most amazing thing she’d ever seen.

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