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Rainbow Over The Blue Ridge Mountains - Virginia Center for the Arts, 1998

All day the rain has been rattling its tin shield

against the roof, but now, the noise stilled,

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I look out the window and am surprised

by a rainbow over the Blue Ridge Mountains

in the distance, a huge arc of pink and yellow

and green, amazing and exquisite.

The rainbow fades quickly and is gone,

replaced by ostrich-feather clouds

that could be part of a Renaissance painting.

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How rushed my life has been,

how fortunate to have this week

to return to the natural world again

and to listen to the first bird

chirping after rain.

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