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by Kevin T. McEneaney
Tue Jun 5th, 2018

My three-year-old is in love with Iris,

preferring purple over yellow

as they explode in June bloom.

They are messengers of the gods

I tell him, even though he is too young

for abstraction in Greek mythology.


The iris in our eyes

are also messengers of the gods,

the windows through which

we perceive the world in

its assorted palette of color.


And so her symbol is the rainbow

that children so delight in

before they become adults

and forget about the glory

of the blooming flower

or the hopeful message of the rainbow,

called arco iris in Spanish.