Haibun Thinking- The Rainbow – January 8, 2015


A rainbow is like a miracle.

That early evening walking down the streets of Bolzano after a downpour of epic proportions, I almost missed the rainbow. Street lights were already lit to pierce the darkness that had enveloped the city.  From my vantage point though, I could see that the skies were clear on the horizon and there the sun still kissed the land.

Then I spotted it … the rainbow. Faint at first but it soon gained strength. It seemed to be a symbol.  A bridge between the darkness of near night into the clear blue skies full of light. I thought, ‘now I understand why the rainbow flag is used to symbolize peace’.

Everyone else continued along their way huddled in their coats under their umbrellas.  It seemed that I was the only one who’d seen that portent created by Mother Nature as a gift and a hope.

in the darkness
a rainbow shows the way
clear skies

© G.s.k. ‘15

Written for Haibun Thinking

24 thoughts on “Haibun Thinking- The Rainbow – January 8, 2015

  1. Lovely, Cara!! I shared a similar experience a few years ago, October downpour in the city and on my way to the Métro the rainbow…then a second fainter arch…but everyone noticed…city people looking up in awe, smiling…what a way to end their day they were probably thinkiing. I think the rainbow and their smiles touched me equially…so glad you saw this miracle…one feel touched by the grace of the Great Spirit when exposed to such beauty:)


  2. This reads beautifully – what a magical moment you experienced. I love the photo. It looks like you live in a beautiful part of the world.


    • Oh my .. hope I put the photo credits up … that isn’t my photo (though it could have been as many places in Bolzano look like that) glad you enjoyed the haibun ..


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