Tuesday, March 30, 2010


THE BIG RAINBOW


We enjoy full and long-term rainbows all the time out here in the countryside, as compared to the barely distinguishable fragments of arc we used to glimpse between buildings in the city sometimes, already kind of faded and archaeological, like a suddenly exposed artifact that disintegrates on contact with modern urban air, such as that is, but these gateways of light we see arcing from mountains to Lake are real rainbows, wide ones, bright ones, deep and full ones all the way from here to there, in the true meaning of those terms as used in the countryside.

This rainbow I'm looking at now reaches from down on the lakeshore all the way to Hiei Mountain, pots of gold everywhere, from violet to orange with all the colors in between, and while gazing right at the rainbow you can't help but ponder the fact that you can't find its edges - though the rainbow is distinct, isn't it - yet it isn't, is it - and none of the individual colors themselves have an edge, though they too are each distinct but not, which leads you to realize right on the spot, fully rainbow-minded by now, that this narrow band of colors we are gifted to perceive is but a short segment of the Big Rainbow; that sound waves and gamma rays are vibrations on the same continuum, as are all other 'waves,' including us (and why should we in our existence see only this little portion, could we bear to see it all?), that in a way we're seeing with our ears when we hear sound waves, hearing with our eyes when we see light waves, and hearing/seeing with our skin when we feel heat waves, all part of the one continuum we chop up into different senses because that's the way we self ourselves and word the world; and in the very same dark-age way that we used to think the world was flat and still think of the sun as rising, so we continue to believe our senses separate, our perceptions isolate, each as distinct from the others as we ourselves are from all that we perceive, all as clear as 20/20; and there at the edges, where the senses get fuzzy, the dogma begins...


2 comments:

The Hausfrau said...

Beautiful. We had our own full rainbow here on Saturday; I think the last one I'd seen was on Maui a few years back.

R. Brady said...

Be tough to go that long without a rainbow...