Rainbow in Balata

Meadow Dream.  Copyright © 2016 by Shallon Fadlien.


(for SF)

A story for you—

            in late afternoon drizzle

coming home through familiar Balata

its blossoming gardens of mangoes, gloricidia


            and palms’ branches like multi-winged cherubim — in that light

a huge rainbow, close as heaven, spectrum a palette

of red to indigo and her sister violet


            and I saw the end down a footpath

settled like a full-bodied beauty on a bench