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Rainbows and Ristras

It is time to put up the chili peppers you just brought in
from the garden,
The ones which patiently waited with you to watch this
years' very last streaks arc across the sky
To dance with effervescent rainbows banded with
colored lessons and memories.

Hang them differently so they can give you something
to remember what you learned this time around.

Each ristra tells a unique story to honor the people who
helped you
till the soil of imagination and ideas,
plant the seeds, believe in yourself,
labor the long hours, days and months of toil to
reach for what is possible,
and persevere through the stormy tempests
of what you feared the most.

How long did it take you this time to turn from your
eager green self
into a growing cacophany of orange heat
and baked sepia too hot to taste,
before you finally surrendered
and burned as deeply as you could
into the copper, cherry and heart of your

No matter.

It is finally time to put up the chili peppers you just
brought in from the garden
whether they are ready or not
green or red,
early or late,
to celebrate your harvest
and wrap your shoulders
in effervescent rainbows.

About this poem

This is a Christmas poem that was inspired by a photograph of an old truck and some ristras. The truck was green and the ristras (Chili peppers) were red. A poem to reflect on the past year, the cycles of the self and the harvest of life.........culminating on the Christmas holidays.

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Written on December 25, 2014

Submitted by spiritu700 on July 31, 2022

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Robbin T. Hartridge

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