Sunday, October 23, 2011

Rainbow Brite and Wordsworth

Rainbow Over Our Condo - October 20, 2011
Rainbows apologize for angry skies. - Sylvia A. Voirol

As it just so happens, last week I was having a really pain-filled day (the kind where I can hardly move without feeling like my entire body is in a giant vice - and my bones are getting slowly crunched together).

It was also raining.

During my hour-long commute home from school, the fog and rain were so terrible that I could hardly see. I have to say that between the pain and the weather, I was feeling pretty glum. About 5 minutes from home, the rain stopped; and as I pulled up to our condo, a beautiful rainbow appeared.

Along with every cliche rainbow saying in the book, Wordsworth's poem sprang to mind... and Rainbow Brite (one of my sister's favorite cartoons). Say what you will - Rainbow Brite and Wordsworth were on to something...

 My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.

"Hey glum face, the next time there's a rainbow, look up.
You'll feel better."
(Rainbow Brite)


  1. All the way across the sky! (but what does it mean?!)

  2. Dear Marlena,
    What a beautiful picture and inspiring blog.
    I came across an article today I thought might interest you:

    Take care,
    Annie from Toronto

  3. Thanks Annie! Great article... I wish that we had a hospital like the one in China here! I feel like with noids there is so much we don't know - maybe a holistic approach is more effective since traditional chemo doesn't work.