Polly

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Double Rainbow

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Rainbow panorama

Double rainbow makes an entrance
as my Pa takes his leave.
Me?  I’d never seen one before. Maybe,
he saw one.
I don’t believe he did,
because he would have said.
He loved things of beauty,
especially the autumn,
he loved his girls.
A gentle man,
quiet, strong, kind;
how could his essence be
Alzheimered
behind those childlike eyes?
No matter now, his spirit is as free
as the double rainbow in the skies.

Polly Robinson © 2012

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54 thoughts on “Double Rainbow

  1. A very poetic end. I don’t think anyone could wish for better. Excellent poem.

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  2. Alzheimer’s/Dementia is such a sad ending for so many. We’re babies at birth and (nearly) always end up as babies at our ending too. This is a lovely tribute to your dad, he sounded like a good man.

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  3. This one’s so lovely, Polly. Heavy and light simultaneously. I really enjoyed it.

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  4. A beautiful tribute to an obviously wonderful man. Very nice, Polly.

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  5. awww sucha sad state..t.he robbing of ones mind by dementia or alzheimers….love your double rainbow in the end and its symbolism of hope….i am glad he has that freedom in the end…

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  6. This was so so touching….very moving…and coming from me (the only things to make me cry are E.T and Edward Scisccorhands) that says a lot….genuine and honest in its delivery….your just telling it admit is without dressing it up…and this perfect. Double rainbows are rare…..your father sounds like was one of a kind ….

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  7. Very nice mixture of emotion and imagery. I am sorry about your father. Wonderful poem.

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  8. Beautiful image for a man who sounds as though he lived a life that made him respected and loved by you. Your words tell a tale of him by their directness and simplicity, evoking the honest and wonderful being he was. That your words call him up so clearly before the mind’s eye is quite an achievement.

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    • Aw Chaz, you can’t know how right you are – he died 15 years ago – I will always miss him.

      And even though it is so long past, your lovely words made me weep for him again.

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  9. Lovely, and sad, but loving words.

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  10. Well done, your love and joy permeate this poem. I moved my grandmother in with me 3 years ago, so dementia is familiar to me. I see more storms than rainbows, so I loved reading about your dad.

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  11. he sounds like an awesome man and i so love the closure with his spirit being free.. have never seen a double rainbow so far

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  12. Such a lovely poem and thoughts……the double rainbow says a lot of emotions….

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  13. It must have been so difficult to watch such a wonderful man fall victim to the evil of Alzheimer’s Syndrome. I have no doubts you were each the pot of gold for the other’s rainbow! Your poem is a beautiful tribute. 🙂

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  14. I can remember the Double Rainbow Funeral day as if it was last week. Eric would have looked at it, sipped his whiskey, had a drag on his cigarette and said, “Why not?”

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  15. Simply told, sincere and heartfelt…. I like the lines of …I don’t believe he did. Because he would have said. Which manages to say so much about the relationship…. Solid write.

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  16. sad and beautiful

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  17. I have only seen a double rainbow once in my life and it was very cool. The dawn was just barely breaking and there it was, so the sky was still partly dark and here are these two night rainbows. Very nice blog!

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  18. Very pretty and poignant poem, Polly. Lovely. The double rainbow like some kind of silver lining – not truly- but feeling of beauty even in the midst of a lot of pain. k.

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  19. Very affecting emotionally and nicely put together in technical terms too. I’m surprised we haven’t seen more rainbows in this weather we’ve been having!

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  20. Great! I especially like (although I hate the disease):

    How could his essence be

    Alzheimered

    Behind those childlike eyes?

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  21. Lovely ending. Very moving write.

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  22. Polly, you’ve brought great tears of joy to my eyes! A beautiful cathartic releasing end that gave me the emotional chills. A truly wonderful write.

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  23. Great Polly. I also love the lines “How could his essence be. Alzheimered”. Really captures the unfairness of it all. Alzheimers scares the **** out of me 😦

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    • Me too Thomas – it’s a wretched disease and once you’ve seen it … well, it’s even more scary – we must remember our loved ones as they were before it if we can, I try hard to, but sometimes …

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  24. your daddy a double rainbow x

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  25. Incredible!! Such a good luck sign!

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  26. So sad, but very beautiful. Great pairing of words and picture.

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