How to build a rainbow

A daunting task one would think

Is how to create magic

To build a bit of hope in another

To build a rainbow that reaches

Across the miles.

I looked in manuals and old text books

And there were gizmos and gadgets

Prisms and more

But not precisely what I was searching for.

So I sat right down and thought real hard,

What is it about rainbows that are special after all?

A recipe I made, and when I was done,

A piece of it I made for everyone.

To make a rainbow just add this:

A heaping bushel of friends,

A cup or ten of wishes

A pinch of soul

And ten shakes of beauty to make it hold,

A world of humans and animals too

And don’t forget some love that acts like glue.

Mix it all together and smear it on the sky

Then watch our feathered friends appear

To spread it far and wide.

Let it sit through warming sunshine

And some rain or teardrops too,

Then close your eyes and blow real hard

For it to shine clear through,

And hold each soul in your deepest thoughts

Wishing it to find that friend,

And they will feel the magic

From here to every land.

So if you look high above or somewhere deep within

Believing in the magic with a heart that can’t help but to care,

If you see the colors peeking out

You know that I’ve been there.

And now for our prompt (optional, as always)! Many years ago, “didactic” poetry was very common – in other words, poetry that explicitly sought to instruct the reader in some kind of skill or knowledge, whether moral, philosophical, or practical. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write the latter kind of “how to” poem – a didactic poem that focuses on a practical skill. Hopefully, you’ll be able to weave the concrete details of the action into a compelling verse. Also, your “practical” skill could be somewhat mythological, imaginary, or funny, like “How to Capture a Mermaid” or “How to Get Your Teenager to Take Out the Garbage When He Is Supposed To.”


27 thoughts on “How to build a rainbow

  1. You are most welcome Lorrie, so glad you enjoyed….I hope to see so,e real ones this week, been awhile with no rain but calling for some every day…add a little sun and voila. Peace and love, Kim


  2. This is so beautiful and heartwarming to me! I just spent 2 weeks making art in rainbows with a dear friend…and then the world…and that friendship exploded…and I will never see those rainbows again! It is so very sad, but your poem makes me know that I WILL see other rainbows!! Thank you ♡

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  3. Thank you Richard, not having any children I never thought of it, my mom was always the one who created magical stories for children and did an amazing job of it with four kids to entertain, now she has grandkids to weave her words for. I’m glad you enjoyed it and thank you, peace and love, Kim


  4. I thank you for sharing and am so glad you enjoyed my piece, the world needs the bright light of peace and love and it brings me joy to spread the love. Peace and love, Kim


  5. Sending a plethora of colors to make the world a brighter and happier place, I know you’ll pass it on as you always do superbly😊
    I see a post with your name on it that I shall dive into after my four mile walk this morning….first though,,coffee😀
    Peace, love and color laden light,

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  6. Thanks Russ,
    Attempting to follow the prompts each day, some days it just doesn’t click with me but this one was fun and I’m glad to share my recipe with the world😊
    Peace and rainbows,


  7. Thank you for the heads up, I checked it out and at some point I may Join in, there’s just a lot going on right now in my world but thank you for leading me to it😊 so glad you enjoyed the rainbow😊
    Peace and love,

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  8. That’s what I’m talking about, real strait out of society feel to it. Poems like this don’t come around everyday. We have a very large poets and green earth friendly website. Gastradamus needs writers like you to tell the truth and review my stories. There are some touchy subject matters, but people must take the time to listen to what’s actually going on in the world.

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  9. This was a perfect recipe for wonder on my part, Kim! And the image is beautiful. I am drawn to the idea of creating magic here in this world, and nothing like a treasure like you’ve written here to get us going! Thanks for taking us to these beautiful places.


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  10. Love your poem! So whimsical your instructions 🙂 I reblogged a call out to all poets and after reading your poem, I thought maybe you would like to join in! Cheers! 🙂

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