The nominees for best supporting rainbow:
The famous one that toweled dry my street
From far beyond the puddled county line
To dripping heads inside Ed's barber shop.
The double rainbow I left early for,
The right one spelling backwards ROY G BIV
Just as Wikipedia said it would.
The Vermont daytrip rainbows,
Briefly bridging disconnected hills
To speed our way to nowhere in particular.
The rainbow whose terminus
A second story window photograph
Was in my own backyard,
Though everyone I tell is unimpressed,
As if a pot of gold was how you tell.
And the winner is:
The time a teenaged girl walked past
My son and I in silence as we arced
Our way across the still-wet parking lot,
The day-glo rainbow in the purple sky
So big and bright and close
A watercolor halo seemed to perch
Atop her head, as she walked, unaware,
Some exercise routine or part-time job,
Filling the head the rainbow had encircled.
"Look", I said, and pointed to the sky
She hadn't seen conspiring behind her.
The splash of mild confusion on her face,
As she stopped and slowly turned around,
Dissolved as quickly as the rainbow would
By the time she reached her ride back home,
And the mom and little sister I imagined
Annoyingly described what she had missed,
If she had missed it.