Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what’s on the other side? Rainbows are visions, but also illusions, and rainbows have nothing to hide.Kermit T. Frog “The Rainbow Connection”
The Midwest had some good old fashioned thunderstorms recently, the kind that evoke summer and interrupted ballgames, swims in pools, hikes. The air was chillier, yes, but the thunderstorms were good and powerful. They even brought about tornadoes, including one that hit the southern part of my little city a week and a half ago.
Apparently there were also a couple of rainbows in some of the systems that moved through, though I did not see them myself. But others did. I know because I saw some photographs on social media.
They brought to mind the song I opened with.
I was little when I first heard the song. I don’t honestly even remember the first time I heard it, but it evokes a wistful connection that triggers early childhood memories in my mind every time the opening notes are played, no matter what version of the song I listen to. yes, there are a number of versions out there as well, since many people covered the original, which is still my absolute favorite version of the song. It’s a simple song, but has a great deal to unpack for an overthinker like me.
It’s always been a favorite song of mine.
The questions that the song asks are ones I have tried to answer.
- “Who says that every wish would be heard and answered, when wished on the morning star?”
- “What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing, and what do we think we might see?”
- “Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices?”
- “Is this the sweet sound that call the young sailors?”
Someday, I will find this rainbow connection, for while I often say I am me, often some will call me a dreamer, but I am not the only one dreaming (ha, pulling John Lennon out as well!). I am also very much a lover of others, or try to be.
Why am I writing all of this? Because I chose to believe that rainbows have things to hide. I gaze at the stars, including the morning star (Venus actually) which is very prominent in the morning sky right now and still make wishes on them while I ponder what I might see in them. I wonder what the voices are saying and if they truly are calling my name. I try to find these answers, and sometimes, I write stories about them.
After all, it’s the stuff I tend to gravitate to when I am writing my stories. I am predominately a fantasy writer.
Maybe one day I will publish all the stories in my head. I don’t know. But for now, I will dream. I will continue to write. I will continue to create my own kind of magic.
Someday we’ll find it, this connection. Until then, keep on writing. Keep on dreaming. keep on being magical.
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