End of the rainbow

August rain:  the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.”

~ Sylvia Plath


Days shorten, leaching lingering heat from warm stones.
Sunlight, tired from its long, hot work,
Lies down, fat and sleepy, yearning to hibernate.
Trees shed their shimmering emerald mantle
Donning rich russets and amber.
Autumn waits patiently to emerge,
While summer searches
For her last pieces of gold
At the end of a rainbow.

The Trifecta challenge this week is: Rainbow [ noun \ˈrānˌbō\] 3c: (from the impossibility of reaching the rainbow, at whose foot a pot of gold is said to be buried); an illusory goal or hope
Week 38: Inspired by Sylvia Plath, “Autumn rain”

32 thoughts on “End of the rainbow

  1. “Sunlight, tired from its long, hot work,
    Lies down, fat and sleepy, yearning to hibernate.”

    These words made me sigh. The imagery is so well done and the use of the word “yearning” is just right for the prompt. But, of course, you didn’t stop there. The rest of the writing is a rich and powerful expression of the changing seasons. Excellent use of both prompts.


  2. Summer is my love, like Fall is my crush, I yearn to appease it with wools and hounds tooth, Summer gets me, knows me, embraces me. So this time of year is so hard for me. I grasp at the last pieces begging it to linger, promise it devotion.

    you captured that here, the fall waiting in the wings for it’s entrance and Summer coming back for one more kiss.


  3. Oh lovely! I think you really evoked the in flux feeling between summer and fall. Our temperatures keep soaring and plummeting, and I wish it would just choose one or the other 🙂 I particularly loved the fat, tired sun.


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