Martin Robertson

Now and Then

[Fall rainbows the forest-acred mountains]

Fall rainbows the forest-acred mountains,

unbelievable ranges

of daily changing colours.

Someone had stuck to the hired window

a coloured small transparency

“Have a Rainbow Day”

One morning you couldn’t bear it any longer,

razored it away,

and looking out into the dawn sky

saw in the broken, brightening western cloud

and shared with me

the faintest brief arc of a real rainbow.