This Rainbow

by Natalie Young



or painted, shot or sung.

It has already.
But She can’t help
this rainbow: strong

at both ends,
every color equally

in the camera lens, invisible
out loud

and here. She will never see
Noah, each animal pair

through the just right
arch. The thick
part. This rainbow

for 200 miles.

And everything made
better, for something

for such length.
Not even poor

drivers or roadside
could make the rainbow stop.

NATALIE YOUNG is a founding editor of the award-winning poetry magazine Sugar House Review. By day (and sometimes night), she works as an art director for an ad agency based out of Salt Lake City. Natalie is left-handed, half Puerto Rican and a fan of Dolly Parton and green olives. Her poetry has been published in Los Angeles Times, Rattle, Tampa Review, South Dakota Review, Green Mountains Review and others.

Photo: “Rainbow” by Bruce Fingerhood