A rainbow

Rainbow

The other night when we came home from Wellington there was this rainbow over Nelson. On the way home in the car there was a break in the clouds and the full moon light up the rain in the darkness, making a night rainbow. It was an amazing site, more subtle than a normal rainbow and harder to see. I had never seen one before. It reminded me of this poem by a talented Laura Ranger, a New Zealander, who wrote this poem when she was about 7. I think it is my favourite piece of poetry.

 “Two Word Poem.”
The toad sat on a red stool
it was a toadstool.

The rain tied a bow
in the cloud’s hair
it was a rainbow.

Which witch put sand
in my sandwich?

I stood upon the bridge
then I understood.

I sat on the ledge and
thought about what I know.
It was knowledge.

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3 Responses to “A rainbow”


  1. 1 sherrieg September 3, 2007 at 5:37 am

    Beautiful! I had never heard of (let alone seen) a night rainbow!

  2. 2 Felicia September 3, 2007 at 7:43 am

    What a beautiful rainbow.

  3. 3 melissa September 4, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    wow- there’s my hometown! (and maybe even my house?!) next time you’re passing through we should meet for a coffee, if you have time.
    i love your description of the night rainbow, and that poem is so great. x


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