Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Wickaninnish Beach

When you are hanging onto 

the very last edge
of the edge
of the skinniest branch
and you feel your grasp slipping,
look up!

There's a sky full of rainbows,
row upon row of them,
shining up there,
to tell you that
all will be well
       all will be well
    all will be exceedingly well.
God's in His heaven
in the so clear air,
and all will be
 exceedingly well.

When the grayest of rain clouds
has just dumped its deluge 
upon you,
and you are mopping your eyes
and wringing out your hair,
look quickly!
You just might glimpse
the shine of angel wings
hovering there,
at the very edge of 
your peripheral vision,
to encourage you and I
that, on the other side 
of this trauma 
or sadness or challenge,
the radiant dawn 
of a brand new day
lies somewhere 
just waiting
to break across your
morning sky.

When you have reached 
the very limit
of what you feel you can 
or should
when the stress has 
weighed you down so far,
you're not sure exactly 
how you will
pull through,
go out to where the water 
the mountain.
See the waterfall
down its slopes
for you.
Watch the eagle
lift out of the mist
into the shrouded skies.
Take a deep breath
and believe,
just like the eagle,
your spirit, too,
your spirit 
once more
will rise.

I suspect many of us are feeling the duration of this long winter, right about now. I am reminded this morning of the poem above, which I wrote a handful of years back. One day I was walking Mr Dog in the fields at the end of the road, my thoughts distracted by some worries I was processing, when I suddenly remembered to look up - and saw not one, or two, but a whole handful of rainbows, all across the sky. Rainbows are always my sign that "all will be well" so I took them as a hopeful sign and, in fact, things did get much better pretty soon.

So I thought I would share them with you, to remind you, in the grayness and chill of late winter, that spring is readying itself under the ground and soon everything will look very much brighter. Take heart, fellow pilgrims!


  1. Thank you, Sherry. I put a rainbow in today's poem too. One that's gone, but still ...

  2. This is exactly what I needed today!

  3. I love the optimism in your words, Sherry. Winter will SOON end. And there is always something one can observe that will lift one's spirit if we look.

  4. Ah, that is lovely, Sherry...both the picture and the words. Spring and the renewal it brings to body and soul is almost within our grasp after a long winter. Yay...I think we're definitely ready...:)

  5. nice. uplifting....even in our greatest darkness there is light just on the other side...it doesnt stay bad...that is def the hope when we are going through it...to persevere

  6. I so needed to read this today as I walk in dark days..but, I always look skyward for those rainbows to lighten the load..I have captured a couple of pics of double rainbows and they are really amazing..makes one stop and pause at the vast beauty.

  7. yes, mi amiga. although some of my little 'blurbs' seem a little grey, i write them because for some it might remind them that their world is not so bad or that we're all in this together and if we lean on each other, hold each other's hand we will come across a rainbow.

    gracias mi amiga for this reminder

  8. needed this. thank you ~

  9. I enjoyed the optimism in your poem, Sherry! I like your ability to look at the bright side of things.

  10. I love the poem, and the notes. It's sometimes so hard to remember that things will get better, but they always do. Thanks for the thoughts Sherry.

  11. Loved this so much. It made me think of a poem I'd written a while back - "Two Rainbows and the Moon". http://mainelywrite.blogspot.com/2012/07/two-rainbows-and-moon.html

  12. So uplifting and encouraging:-) I am missing my Norwegian winters, so I am not feeling the heaviness of cold weather, but rather the slight ache of missing my home country.


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