I Will Debunk The Rainbow's End

by Ben Pickard   Jul 17, 2017

If life has pocked and marked my skin -
If every door has barred my way -
If all my deeds are judged as sins,
Then I declare myself betrayed.

A hundred thousand grains of sand
Were held but each one washed away!
Who's thus let down by their own hand?
Whose sun succumbs to shades of grey?

Each sea I swam would pull me down -
The waves all broke upon my head -
And when I struck for that dry shore,
The swell would have me back instead...

Did love not quite become my muse?
Did I not try to make this right?
I gave my heart but was refused -
I never set this flame alight.

Don't speak to me of treasure sunk
Beneath the rainbow's shifty end;
I stand here now and will debunk
The myth of joy around the bend.


Ben Pickard 2017


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  • 2 months ago

    by Jamie

    Hi Ben, i apologize for not commenting on this sooner. I didn't really understand it until now but i think i understand the meaning now or can give my opinion well enough lol. I believe the first and the last two stanzas make the poems meaning what it is.

    It seems like you are stuck surrounded by things you do not want, clutter or love or possibly both. And in this case the end of the rainbow is not always a good thing. People say there lies happiness at the end of a rainbow but not in this case, in your case it brings anxiety.

    I believe the third stanza is talking about anxiety, and how something always pulls you back into it. No matter how many times you try to swim to the shore (become free). You always get pulled back into what i think is anxiety from clutter. Physical clutter and metaphorical clutter.

    So in short i believe this poem "debunks" the myth that there is happiness at the end of a rainbow. And the anxiety of that happiness (in reality another person's happiness, but you love that person so much thst you always get pulled back) pulls you back. You want to find your own rainbow so you can find your own happiness.

    I loved the structure and meaning bdhind the poem, the rhyming was good and i don't see anything yhat i would change honestly. Well done.

  • 2 months ago

    by Ren

    Amazing write, Ben!

    I'll just...leave a few more of these here (<3)

    "Each sea I swam would pull me down -
    The waves all broke upon my head -
    And when I struck for that dry shore,
    The swell would have me back instead..."
    Just...yes. Love these lines.

  • 3 months ago

    by CJ Maleney

    Just seen this fella,

    Amazballs. (Stole that word off my daughter) (but it fits rather well).


    • 3 months ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Fitting, considering our recent conversation about daughters, Craig! Take care

  • 3 months ago

    by Milly Hayward

    Another excellent piece Ben. I don't know where all your material comes from but it is always fresh and beautifully creative x

  • 3 months ago

    by Em

    This resonates way too much with me to comment on.

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