Poem | Double Rainbow
I have set My bow in the clouds, and it shall serve as a sign of the covenant between Me and the earth.
Yesterday someone robbed me, and today,
an afternoon of rain brings a double rainbow.
Judaism has a blessing for that. Also a prayer
for keeping thieves away. We have words
for everything, even for when words don’t
work. The story says it’s a promise, this rainbow:
no more world-ending floods. If our things
are swept away, it’s going to be by our hands,
and we’ll own our losses. But what does the
second arc mean, the one with colors reversed
that hangs pale alongside? What bargain is that?
There are so many ways to destroy a world.
What I mean is, may we only lose things.
Please, may we all have enough time left.
David Ebenbach is the author of eight books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, including a recent poetry collection, Some Unimaginable Animal, and a creativity guide, The Artist’s Torah.