Daleen Enslinstrydom

(25-02-1967 / Springs, South Africa)

A rainbow over the plains of Africa


There is a silence
after each storm,
as a recognition
to the One that was and is.

Just before the sun appears
its almost as if the earth in thankfulness
for a moment stops breathing
in respect to the Creator

and at this time
the earth smells wet
and the buds of every flower are heavy,
almost respectful
and then the drops of rain hang like dew
on the leaves of the trees that are green with foliage

and when the wind
chase the clouds over the bright horizon
a rainbow appears where the clouds had been
and the birds start to twitter and sing loudly
in praise to the Lord
and tranquillity comes to my soul
when the providence of God astonishes me.

His omnipotence
goes much further than the thoughts of man
and His rain falls over the entire world,
over each plant and flower
and along with nature
my heart also sings a song of praise to His honour
when once again
I see the rainbow with all of its colours

when the springbuck lambs jump with joy
while a giraffe appears
through the thorny trees
and does bow low
before the omnipotence of God
while it drinks water from the newly formed pools
and then the plain rejoices with new life
while the green offspring of new grass envelops its head

and a guinea fowl hen scuttles
to keep her chickens together
as food is abundant
when the window of heaven
opens above each one of us
under the colours of the rainbow
and the African sun.

Submitted: Monday, December 02, 2013
Edited: Monday, December 02, 2013
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