The original french version can be found here: [link]
You can listen to me live reading it on the 26th episode of my podcast that you can find here: [link]
Poem detailed explanation:
So let's put the background first. For those who have been listening for a while you know that I'm a lover of nature, and thus also love rainbows. I think it's something magical that happens not often enough, so the idea here was to find a way to create rainbows on demand. At the same time I was in love with a girl that said to love rainbows, but unfortunately she couldn't see any anymore because she was blind, I also did it for her, because I wanted to bring her a rainbow even if she couldn't see it.
So to start the usual obvious description to set the tone, it's a wonder of nature, it scintillates and when you see one wether you're a child or an adult you like watching it. Again some obvious stuff, it doesn't last long, and everything that is that ephemeral is bound to be special and in this case specially beautiful. Now we start serious stuff, where I bring the reader into what I really wanted to convey with this poem. Imagination is the most brilliant thing ever, because even if you've never seen something like that you can imagine it, and if you've seen it you can reproduce it in your mind, and it would have the same effect as if you were seeing one for real. That's what i wanted to say here, that wether it's in your mind, in the sky, in paintings, or in drawings it's just as beautiful everywhere.
Because we're talking about love, I had to mention the heart in some way, so here it is. I also wanted to reiterate the fact that rainbows bring happiness, and because in love heart suffers, well a little bit of happiness is welcome. Doing all of that mixing nature and body as if they were one was also something I really wanted to do, because of the transition I wanted to do from 100% nature to 100% human. The next part is a very personal touch, it means that when we were discussing, she said that I was making her happy and by creating rainbows inside her, and that was really a big deal for me, it really strengthen the fact that I absolutely had to write something about it.
Again a reference to happiness but without mentioning it, sometimes you want to repeat the central image of the poem that you want to convey but saying too many times the same word becomes boring so taking back roads to convey it is what makes it really stand out. To make that remember of the basic opposites, that light cancels dark and vice versa, same for cold and heat, and happiness and gloom, with these few opposite words you really can convey a lot.
Then a rainbow looks like a bridge in some way, so I imagined that I was on one side of the rainbow and the girl I was talking to was on the other side of the rainbow, that I used it to convey everything that I wanted to just by crossing it. Then I continue with the same idea and now say that us being at each extremity of the rainbow we're far one from the other, and because we're just at the end and beginning of the rainbow our feet take the color of the rainbow. To make it a little bit more poetic, I said that we were both not on the ground but each on a cloud and that the sadness that we felt was conveyed by the clouds making rain.
As a reminder to the reader, it's a good thing to repeat facts you want to emphasize at the near end, as well as in the beginning, it just make them stick more easily in someone's head, and in this case it's the fact that it's ephemeral. I also added some other references, for example to a mirage that you see in the desert and a second later you don't see it anymore, and because the eyes reflect light and rainbows are mostly made of light, it was only fitting to have them reflect on her eyes.
I really like watching another one's eyes, specially if I love this person, so you might have noticed that this happens quite often in my poems, and this one is no exception. If I could I would certainly be able to star into someone's eyes as long as I could, and for this reason I wrote that it could be an eternity or just a moment, it will depend on the circumstances of the moment. There is a saying that say that the eyes are the mirror of the soul, and I believe it is very true and I wanted to share that here too. However this girl didn't love me back the way I did so I just had to say it and continue with this for the last paragraph where I try to somehow convince her by giving everything that I've written to her, and that as in the fairy tales we could be happy for ever and ever.