You are a rainbow, a gilded-winged messenger,
a fresh-faced goddess
refilling rain clouds with seawater.
Speed of the wind,
by your side.
into the ocean, dark underworld,
unhindered by the caduceus,
unchecked before sea serpents.
bring to Zeus the great oath of gods,
Iris, take him your ewer
sweet syrup of nectar.
Swift-footed, sure, storm-like rage
of the messenger bent on your twin.
Your joy flowing from Arke’s wings on Achilles’ heels.
Harbinger of light in a gossamer gown:
—the realm of the rainbow is yours—
always beyond reach.
Growing Places, (Black Pear Press, 2021)