rainbows: traditional & non-traditional

rainbow bandage - June 18, 2014m
 

The Rainbow Flag has become a culturally acknowledged symbol of gay pride…

Those colors are not a random choice.  Historically, color was used in the gay community as a signal—a secret signal for gays forced to live in the closet.

So, to be able to fly those same colors now, freely, is a triumph…

But to my mind, it’s not unlike the traditional use of the rainbow symbol.  The rainbow arrives after we weathered the storm and are basking in the sunlight.

I used that traditional meaning many times in poetry and image…

…and I don’t plan to stop, for fear of being misunderstood—for fear someone will think I’m making a “gay statement”…

Universal symbols belong, not to any one group, but to us all…

We all go through storms.  Hopefully, we also find a rainbow at the end of such heavy weather: the healing light to soothe the wounds of our bruised and battered selves…
 

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
sky rope poetry

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About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, essayist, cartoonist, graphic artist, peace miller, new mythologist, and fledgling world citizen.... I grew up in Northwest Arkansas and have lived and worked all over the United States.... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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