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i saw my image, with the ripples of life's pain spreading outward, but stopped, healed, reflected and refracted away. the rain still falls, still stings, but i am no longer drowning. i went forth and had myself a bright and shining multicolored day | by imago2007 (BUSY)
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i saw my image, with the ripples of life's pain spreading outward, but stopped, healed, reflected and refracted away. the rain still falls, still stings, but i am no longer drowning. i went forth and had myself a bright and shining multicolored day

- excerpts from I Am Rainbow by oshumare niji

 

LARGE IS BETTER

 

i thought nothing could have expressed my feelings more than this poem. here it is in its entirety, if you so care to read:

 

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 color?

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 multicolored day

 

324 days away from the next trip to the Philippines.

 

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Taken on February 14, 2009