In loving celebration of the 40th Anniversary today of the Stonewall Riots.
Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
I AM RAINBOW
By Oshumare Niji
of the Sri Chinmoy Centre
Looking in a puddle on a semi-rainy day
I saw myself but dimly
imperfect, and muddy with other
I wavered as the puddle did, as raindrops struck
sending ripples out like waves of pain
not quite shattering in shards distortions of my Image
then I looked up–
What? Was that a flash of colour?
Sun and Rain, Laughter and Pain
I saw it melt together
I saw it become One
the Winds of Change blew in Waters of Healing
and the lowly Dust became fixed and stable
and was wrapped around by Her Transforming Light
reflections and refractions
I saw the sign of Hope, the symbol of Renewal
I saw the Rainbow Bridge that crosses Heaven and Earth
bringing the Sacred back to the Mundane
and I realized that
I AM RAINBOW
I saw then my Image, with the ripples of Life’s pain
spreading outward, but stopped, healed, cleansed
reflected and refracted away as Nature and nature connected
the rain still falls, still strikes, still stings
and I am wetted
but no longer drowning
and I went forth and had myself
a Bright and Shining Multicoloured Day.