Life travels roads to many unexpected destinations. Like my fellow bloggers, I enjoy writing. Like my fellow bloggers, I sometimes struggle to find topics. Like my fellow bloggers, I want to provide some entertainment.
One of the things I hear people saying, “in your lifetime memorize at least one poem.”
In another life, I worked in occupational safety and health. One of my many duties involved respirator fit testing for asbestos abatement workers. One of the requirements for quantitative fit testing: Reading the first paragraph of the Rainbow Passage out loud.
The first paragraph of the Rainbow Passage is not a poem, but it sticks in my mind to this day as though it were a poem.
Imagine writing something, publishing it, time passes and it becomes part of the public domain—written into law (1910.134 App A). Wow.
Page 127 of the second edition of Grant Fairbanks’ “Voice and Articulation Drillbook” contains the following:
THE RAINBOW PASSAGE
When the sunlight strikes raindrops in the air, they act as a prism and form a rainbow. The rainbow is a division of white light into many beautiful colors. These take the shape of a long round arch, with its path high above, and its two ends apparently beyond the horizon. There is, according to legend, a boiling pot of gold at one end. People look, but no one ever finds it. When a man looks for something beyond his reach, his friends say he is looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Throughout the centuries people have explained the rainbow in various ways. Some have accepted it as a miracle without physical explanation. To the Hebrews it was a token that there would be no more universal floods. The Greeks used to imagine that it was a sign from the gods to foretell war or heavy rain. The Norsemen considered the rainbow as a bridge over which the gods passed from earth to their home in the sky. Others have tried to explain the phenomenon physically. Aristotle thought that the rainbow was caused by reflection of the sun’s rays by the rain.
Since then physicists have found that it is not reflection, but refraction by the raindrops which causes the rainbows. Many complicated ideas about the rainbow have been formed. The difference in the rainbow depends considerably upon the size of the drops, and the width of the colored band increases as the size of the drops increases. The actual primary rainbow observed is said to be the effect of super-imposition of a number of bows. If the red of the second bow falls upon the green of the first, the result is to give a bow with an abnormally wide yellow band, since red and green light, when mixed, form yellow. This is a very common type of bow, one showing mainly red and yellow, with little or no green or blue. . . .
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I mention this because someone commented on my blog they enjoyed “All About That Bass” being stuck in their head. My response “better than the Rainbow Connection”. Which stuck in my head. Which reminded me of the Rainbow Passage.
Which leads me to this:
Write your passion. Your passion, your writing, once birthed, may travel roads to unexpected destinations. Enjoy the journey.
In special edition tradition, here’s Kermit the Frog with “The Rainbow Connection”.
What—you thought it would be the Carpenters? 😉