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Reflecting on Rainbows

I have always loved rainbows—
their awe-inspiring beauty,
their shimmering with immanence
of the Divine.

When I was eleven, my parents let me
re-decorate my bedroom, and I painted
a rainbow arcing across two walls.

In junior high, my dad lent me a prism,
and I experienced refracting sunlight
into its gorgeous constituent colors.
I learned that white light exists because
the entire spectrum of wavelengths is present.

Light is my favorite metaphor
for the Love that is God.
Just as white light is completed
by the presence of the entire color spectrum,
what if the God that is Love
is completed by the presence
of the entire spectrum of human experience,
the entire spectrum of expression
of gender and love?

About the Author

Tina Datsko de Sánchez serves as Poet in Residence at the First Congregational Church of Long Beach.  She is the author of the bilingual poetry book The Delirium of Simón Bolívar.  Her four-book series of interfaith spiritual poetry inspired by Rumi and Hafiz is being published by The Pilgrim Press.  The first two volumes, Swimming in God and Dancing through Fire, are currently available at:
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