A Glimpse Behind the Rainbow

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The splendor of a rainbow against the grandeur of an open sky overwhelms the mind and evokes a sense of wonderment and awe. Its beauty beyond expression, other than mere silence and acknowledgment that for one brief moment nature smiled upon the occupants of its domain.

A GLIMPSE BEHIND THE RAINBOW

By Al Garcia

The splendor of a rainbow against the grandeur of an open sky overwhelms the mind and evokes a sense of wonderment and awe.  Its beauty beyond expression, other than mere silence and acknowledgment that for one brief moment nature smiled upon the occupants of its domain. 

And as the rainbow’s brilliance dissolves and fades into the sky, I capture a glimpse behind the rainbow and see the mutilation of the land, the air, the seas and melting glaciers -- all raped by man’s unceasing and uncaring march to its own extinction. 

To see the magical colored arc appear before a freshly washed gray sky stimulates the imagination with a childish fascination that captivates and hypnotizes the human mind.  To realize that the colors of the rainbow surround us and encircle us each moment of each day, belies the power and the beauty of water, air and sunlight, and how one acts upon the other in perfect harmony. 

If life could only match the kaleidoscopic brilliance of a rainbow after a summer’s rain, or the serenity of its magical glow, the specter of what lies behind the rainbow would reveal the splendors that were meant to be, before man disrupted the harmony and simplicity of the rudiments that nurture and sustain us, but now condemn us. 

A glimpse behind the rainbow unveils the complexity we have made of the simplicity of life.  When once the living earth evolved and flourished, giving sustenance to all things great and small, we now have gleaned its essence to its very core, exposing the bleak and dismal reality of our frailty and duplicity, and the revelation of the spectacle of disharmony and betrayal that exists between man and nature, and this great creation that we inhabit. 

If only we could see the beauty of the rainbow and never glimpse behind the spectral splendor of nature’s smile.  If only we lived what we preached, and preached what we believed.  If only there was in fact a pot of golden dreams at the end of the rainbow, instead of the decaying remnants of the Garden of Eden that once flourished and bloomed.

A glimpse behind the rainbow unmasks the reality and idiocy of our arrogance.  A perfect creation despoiled by imperfect creatures.  And still nature smiles upon us and reminds us in its own cunning way, when a rainbow emerges out of water, air and sunlight, that the beauty and serenity that takes our breath away, can also take the dream away, once the water, air and sunlight are polluted or destroyed by man’s arrogant denial and defiance in accepting the reality of our rainbow connection.


Submitted: May 24, 2021

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