Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Sunrise rainbow

photo of rainbow at sunrise
Welcome. What you see here is proof positive that the Anoka Sand Plan and the Sunrise River come together at the end of the rainbow. We also have to agree, I think, that rainy weather can been good for making rainbows as well as Spring flowers. Laurie Hertzel of the Star Tribune points out in today's column that rainy weather is also good reading weather as she notes a number of books by Minnesota author's scheduled for publication this autumn. I'm not quite ready to give up on Summer just yet. (This gives you an idea of the level of denial and unrealistic, romantic, optimism of which I am occasionally capable.) Let's continue to find reasons to celebrate our Minnesota weather. Rain has the Sunrise River, and others, flowing nicely. It's ended the drought, at least for now, and is probably beginning to replenish our groundwater, on which we are so dependent, being at the headwaters of several major river systems. Plus, although the rainy days have gotten wearisome, rain has also inspired, or helped to inspire, some wonderful poetry. Here's an example:

The Rain

By Robert Creeley
All night the sound had   
come back again,
and again falls
this quiet, persistent rain.

What am I to myself
that must be remembered,   
insisted upon
so often? Is it

that never the ease,   
even the hardness,   
of rain falling
will have for me

something other than this,   
something not so insistent—
am I to be locked in this
final uneasiness.

Love, if you love me,   
lie next to me.
Be for me, like rain,   
the getting out

of the tiredness, the fatuousness, the semi-
lust of intentional indifference.
Be wet
with a decent happiness.
Be wet with a decent happiness encompasses emotions we can all share about now, can't we? As Annie sings:
"The sun'll come out
Bet your bottom dollar
That tomorrow
There'll be sun!"
Thanks for listening. Until tomorrow. Rants, raves and reflections served daily.