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Rainbows--Up in the Air

Updated on February 19, 2018
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A lifelong reader & writer, Liz writes poetry; articles on this, & other sites; & playing with words. She also enjoys movies & reviewing.

Rainbow From My Backyard

A rainbow as seen from the ground belies its true nature
A rainbow as seen from the ground belies its true nature | Source

Up In the Air

Above the clouds, the sun is pure.

Out the window, far below,

A rainbow floats on the sea of clouds.

No pot of gold; indeed, no end.

A rainbow is a perfect circle.

Our plane, a tiny shadow;

Appearing in its center.

How Did This Poem Come About?

When I was a child, I heard many stories from my father about his own youthful adventures. When he was a young man in his 20's, he took flying lessons. He told of how, when you are in an airplane and see a rainbow, you see it as it really is: not an arc, but a full circle, and that the shadow of the plane will be in the center of that circle.

Many years later, while accompanying my daughter to college, we did see a rainbow, and I had to stand up, look out the window and see for myself. This brought the attention of the stewardess, telling me to please sit and fasten my seat belt, as we were on landing approach.

I acknowledged her instruction, and told her I would sit down presently, but that I just had to see for myself that phenomenon about which I'd heard while growing up.

I still puzzle about why this is, that the plane's shadow should land dead center, rather than off to one side or the other.

I only regret that I did not have my camera handy to take a photo and prove it.

This poem was originally written in 1996; I made a minor edit in February of 2018.

© 2010 Liz Elias


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    Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi, WiccanSage,

    Thanks so much--I'm delighted you enjoyed this poem and backstory. I know what you mean about connecting to your dad. I kind of felt the same way, the day I saw this dad had already passed many years before, but I instantly thought of him and the old story.

    I'm so glad your hospital experience turned out to be so positive, and not the dreaded sickness you feared. I'm sure it was your dad letting you know.

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    Mackenzie Sage Wright 4 years ago

    This is so beautiful. I have a rainbow thing myself, because when my dad and I lived far apart I sent him pictures of a rainbow I saw outside my house one day. He mailed me back a letter saying he was outside the same day and saw a rainbow, and that the rainbow connected us because he was thinking of me when he saw it. After he died, I always feel like he's around when I see a rainbow. I was in the hospital for a couple of weeks last month and the first diagnosis was very bleak, but the next day I was very depressed and praying and thinking about my dad, and outside my window by my bed was a huge rainbow, it made me feel like my dad was saying he was with me and it would be okay-- and it was! Turned out I wasn't as sick as they thought. So I really enjoyed this hub.