Writings and Witterings

I Am A Rainbow


KB has asked for a persona poem at dVerse Poetics.
Athenian red-figure lekythos, Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design (http://www.theoi.com/Pontios/Iris.html)
I am a rainbow,
a golden winged messenger,
I am dewey and fresh faced
refilling rain clouds
with water from the sea.

I have the speed of the wind,
with my man, Zephyrus,
by my side.
I plunge into
the ocean deep,
underworld dark,
unhindered by the caduceus
staff, hard in my left hand.

My harpy sister
brings to Zeus the great oath of the gods.
I am Iris, with a ewer
of nectar.

Swift footed,
sure, like a storm,
I see my sister’s wings
on Achilles’ heels.

They call me a delicate herald of light
in my gossamer gown:
ruby red;
orange organza;
yardbird yellow;
green parakeet;
blue sky blue;
divisive indigo;
virtuous violet,
the realm of the rainbow is mine
always beyond reach.

Polly Stretton 2016


12 thoughts on “I Am A Rainbow

  1. Beautiful myth here–I have taken photos of rainbows recently–they are so amazing. k.


  2. Reblogged this on Smile Circulation and commented:
    Lovely poem


  3. Two words I had to look up: ‘caduceus’ and ‘ewer.’ I always enjoy learning new vocabulary, especially when it’s used in such pretty poetic prose. So thank you. πŸ™‚


  4. Polly, I love mythology in all its guises, and your taking Iris here (oops, almost wrote “Irish,” ha ha ha) and pulling apart the colors of the iridescent rainbow, so lovely. Magical. “Virtuous violet,” indeed! Just lovely. Amy


    • Ha! So you mock the virtuous violet ‘eh? Look out, or those parakeets will be after you…especially when they see the ‘Irish’ comment! heh-heh πŸ˜‰
      Good to see you, Amy. Hope all’s well with you and yours x


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