The rainbow in the storm

Rain splashes against the glass
leaving its face anonymous.
Blurred features, wet mask
to conceal identity –
no one notices anyway.
Humans don’t even remember
the touch of water on their skin,
too busy opening umbrellas,
afraid of unpredictable showers
that smear makeup
and reveal imperfections.
Despite careful steps, their clean
dress shoes are muddied
by puddles they used to jump in.
While we may have time inside
to stare at the rainbow after the storm subsides,
our sense of wonder is lessened for not being part
of the water’s cycle – we are dry non-participants,
rarely soaking in the transitory moments nature gives
that awaken the child in the adult once again.


About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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11 Responses to The rainbow in the storm

  1. Gallivanta says:

    Oh so true. You remind me how, as a child, I loved playing in the rain.

  2. frosenintime says:

    I truly think children are on to something that we quickly forget it all of the chaos of “adulthood” and life. This reminds me of a time when I rediscovered the simple joy of jumping in puddles. I had just left the hospital with some devastating news and remember sitting in my car and crying as the rain beat against my windshield. At the time, my friend, who is also a photographer, and I would give each other self portrait challenges and I heard my text go off as my friend wished me “Happy Leap Day” as the next photography challenge with a 24 hour limit. I drove home and stared at a giant puddle that flooded the parking lot at my apartment. With tears still drying on my face I set up my camera and began to jump up and down, splashing rain water all over myself and drawing weird stares from my neighbors. By the time I was done I was completely drenched and laughing, my worries and fears completely forgotten.

    Rain is such a wonderful thing and I hope I never forget the joy of being a part of it.

    Thank you so much for sharing and bringing back such great memories.


    ps-Here are the photos from that challenge, if you were interested!
    Happy Leap Day!!

  3. Speak for yourself, my friend 😉 We love the rain! We call it “Oregon Weather” and are happy for its life giving energy. Thanks for your visit today. Our best to you both, WG

    • Haha! Yes, indeed! Water is life. I was especially happy to see the river reach flood stage after the low flows this summer. This series of freshets will help push the coho salmon upstream to spawn. I hope you are doing well, my friend! My wife and I are staying busy. We haven’t told many people, but my wife is pregnant. Her first check up is this Monday, so we didn’t want to speak too soon. Heather is over 35 and at risk for miscarriage. We are very excited but remain cautiously optimistic. Have a wonderful Sunday, Elizabeth!
      Tyler 🙂

      • Congratulations, Tyler! That is wonderful news and we wish you both well. Those first three months are always crossed finger, worry, and nausea! My goodness, if she gets through those first months OK, the rest will seem easy. Please let me know how she is doing. How exciting for you both! I’ve been getting daily weather updates from the coast. What a nasty storm! Hail, thunder, flooding and endless rain off of the ocean. Good weather for the salmon, and ducks! I am so glad to see the moisture after so many months of drought. I hope this next season is better for everyone. Love to you both, Tyler, e

  4. jenimcmillan says:

    Hey Tyler, yes so often this is the way people have learned to ‘live’. Socailised, traumatised and totally separate from nature. Then there’s the turtles and the tree goddesses who know how beautiful being drenched in a shower of rain is. Here’s to more silliness, playfulness and being truly alive!

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