For my teenage daughter
who has just cried on my shoulder

not knowing which courses to take
nor what university to attend.
21 December 1991
12:50 pm.

Rainbows go up and down.
Only you can say which way to go:
upwards to the heavens
or downwards to the earth below.

Rainbows are a promise
of ever sunnier skies.
We see them after rainstorms
or in tear-filled eyes.

There’s no shame in grief.
Every cloud has a silver lining
and rainbows gather round it
waiting for our mind’s refining.

Search for your rainbow.
Follow when it points the way.
But remember, when you fall
to earth, like you did today,

that always at the rainbow’s foot
there lies a pot of gold.
Well that’s what the Irish
Fairies say, or so I am told.

2 thoughts on “Rainbows

    • Thanks, Tiffany. I found it in a pile of old cards for our 25th wedding anniversary (!). Becky, our daughter, was torn between arts and science, several local universities, or leaving school, home, and the province, and moving away. She chose to move and it was a very wise decision.


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