Just as the drizzle comes to an end
The sun breaks through the cloud cover
and a raindrop makes a soft landing
atop the smooth green carpet of algae
covering the swamp as far as the eye can see.
The drop does not have long
before it will slip into the water below,
so it gets right to work.
That’s where I come into the picture
as I do my slow walk along a trail
that always puts me in a state
of timeless wonder.
Lucky for me… lucky for the drop,
all the elements are in place
for an encounter so rare, so ordinary,
and so easily missed.
At first it is an unexpected flash of red
that pulls me from my reverie,
piques my curiosity, and forces me to
carefully retrace my steps back and forth
until I get another flash of color.
This time it’s yellow; next it’s green; then blue…
until all the colors of the rainbow dance before
When I look up I realize that the entire swamp
is dotted with jewels of color emanating from
raindrops caught in their evanescent moment.
I am stunned… I am delighted… I am exalted.
By the time I finish my walk
all the drops have disappeared.
But every so often I find them in the morning dew,
in the spray of sprinklers, and in the splashes of children
playing in their pools.
“And if I am lucky I will find them again one day
while slowly walking the Ring Levee Trail in Jean Lafitte Park
just after a light drizzle, as the sun breaks through
the cloud cover… now that I know what to look for.