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Why Do Poets Write Poems About Rainbows?

John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

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Word Prompt Inspired

These poems have a common theme and are inspired by the word prompt “rainbows" by Brenda Arledge in her article 'Word Prompts Help Creativity ~ Week 38.

Rainbows are quite symbolic and mean different things to different people, but whatever a rainbow means to you I am sure it is something positive or uplifting.

Don’t seek to be happy; let everyone else chase after that rainbow. Seek to be kind, and you’ll find the rainbow follows you.

— Richelle E. Goodrich

Image by charnchai saeheng from Pixabay

Image by charnchai saeheng from Pixabay

Why Do Poets Write Poems About Rainbows?

Why do rainbows come after the rain,

And only appear now and then?

Why is each rainbow shaped like an arch,

And why seven colours, not ten?

If you could see a rainbow from space,

Would it be a halo on Earth?

Why does a rainbow signify gay pride?

Because the colour spectrum’s diverse.

Who saw the leprechauns hiding their gold

In a big heavy pot at the end?

Why do poets write poems about rainbows?

There are more colours than ink in their pens.

Why do frogs sing songs about rainbows?

I don’t know if there’s some connection.

Maybe they don’t have a wide taste in music,

So that’s all that is in their collection.

Is there a land somewhere beyond the rainbow,

A place where all wishes come true?

I think there is, and one day I’ll find it,

For I am a dreamer… are you?

So, next time you see a rainbow appear

Making wishes should be your main plan.

I can’t guarantee that they will come true,

But let’s all believe that they can.

RAINBOWS ~ an Acrostic Poem





Beginnings to




And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

Another Older Poem: Windows of Rainbows

Here is another poem I wrote quite a few years ago. Brenda's "rainbow' prompt reminded me to update this and provided the opportunity to reshare it here. 'Windows of Rainbows' was inspired by Leonard Cohen's "The Stranger Song." I hope you enjoy reading it too.

© 2021 John Hansen

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