Polly

Writings and Witterings

Rainbow

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KB 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,
they say I am dewey, fresh faced,
refilling rain clouds
with water from the sea.

I spend 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

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42 thoughts on “Rainbow

  1. Clever play on words and sounds in your colour descriptions – and nice allusions to Ancient Greece.

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  2. Wow Polly, the girl’s got power! Delicious. πŸ™‚ x

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  3. What a wonderful swirl of colors..

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  4. Yes, clever & challenging for those of us fuzzy at Greek mythology, rife with names & words to look up; very imaginative to make the persona so etherial.

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  5. A wonderful read, Polly.

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  6. Your mythological voice was very effective, and in your poem she came alive!

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    • It was initially written as a third person narrative, and I agree, she seems to come alive when it’s from her perspective – a lesson learned πŸ˜‰

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  7. Love the use of the “I” and rainbow of colors ~ I also like the different perspective of her character, messenger, sister, etc.

    Thanks for joining us Polly ~ Enjoy your week ~

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    • Good to see you enjoyed ‘Rainbow’, Grace, and it’s lovely to be able to join in more often now that I’ve moved house and am becoming more settled πŸ™‚

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  8. This has a wonderful classic element. I love the Harpy sister.

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  9. Excellent depiction using Greek mythology!

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  10. Love her voice……love the color making here. Beautifully penned — or should I say crayoned? πŸ™‚

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  11. Even Gods need a human touch – interesting experiment with the theme.

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  12. Excellent! Thanks for this beautiful and insightful poem.

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  13. I really like how you begin with the rainbow, then weave in color throughout the poem, Polly. Nice retelling of the myth.

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  14. I don’t know the myth of Iris but I love that she’s the goddess of Rainbows, and I like how you ‘colored’ her, Polly. She certainly seems like a very positive and colorful goddess.

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  15. Coming back from
    a visit to a shrink..
    30 miles or so
    from home
    of Free..
    Clouds of rainbows
    colors horizon far
    and i’ll be damed
    if the Greek and
    Roman Gods..
    God
    did not
    disPlay
    as cLouds
    of
    heARt..
    Oh.. imagiNaTioNscReaTiviTy
    now you fly so hiGh and color
    ful.. oh science.. you never
    ending same
    stick
    in the mud…
    but no.. i’ll never
    tale my shrink
    about the
    colors
    of
    the sky..
    but he learned
    the higher healing
    power of dance..
    from me.. now..
    he then quits..
    his practice..
    now teaching
    THAT as therapy
    inStead.. so i just
    didn’t have enough
    time
    to
    show
    hiM aLL
    the colors
    of Love..:)

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  16. Wonderful sound, Polly, and references–all enjoyed. k.

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  17. My nick name is Polly Motzko

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