Birthing The Rainbow

carrying heavily in bulbous expectation,

bursting anticipation with less than

radiant imminence

and always overdue,

cumbersomely so,

the estimated time, just that,

stretched

sheltered cocoon cannot sustain

this burgeoning,

infant arms around the self,

energy consumed in pleading

waddled wakefulness,

then wait,

nothing to do

but wait,

until

light calls,

labours brief necessity

inevitably

painfully

birthing the rainbow,

hues recognised

with familiar joy

 

 

Io

Espied, despised,

one hundred eyes

accursed nymph

secured.

Lust by one

in clouded form,

infidelity

unendured.

 

In heifer shape,

all eyes suspect

till severed

head displaced.

Musical reeds and

fables told,

dispatcher aids

disgraced

 

With phallic ‘I’

merge vulvic ‘O’

sacred

dwelling union.

In deity’s

salvation quest

mystic myth

communion.

 

Male to female,

east to west,

ford of the

holy cow.

‘Neath crescent light

from fate take flight

plagued in here

and now

 

In dusty ground,

inscribe

my name,

familial recognition.

Grief outsourced,

mercy shown,

godly justice,

full contrition

 

 In rightful form,

upon the Nile,

by beauty

heaven sent.

Pursued again

in hearts of men.

virginity

well-spent

 

Promethean word

all hope imbued,

unto him

all hope returned.

By hand of god

one son full born,

half man,

released his bond.

 

In IO found

a dwelling place,

floods of deep

redemption.

From sacred stock

a rainbow forms;

rebirth, belief,

perception