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An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow

Rating: 3.7
The word goes round Repins,
the murmur goes round Lorenzinis,
at Tattersalls, men look up from sheets of numbers,
the Stock Exchange scribblers forget the chalk in their hands
and men with bread in their pockets leave the Greek Club:
There's a fellow crying in Martin Place. They can't stop him.

The traffic in George Street is banked up for half a mile
and drained of motion. The crowds are edgy with talk
and more crowds come hurrying. Many run in the back streets
which minutes ago were busy main streets, pointing:
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GEOFFREY JAMES 24 February 2020
It's really the Second Coming.
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Nike Ilupeju 28 January 2020
This is a beautiful poem. I love it
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Sarah 23 June 2019
Thank you Les Murray. I keep coming back to this. So, so human.
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Seema Jayaraman 18 November 2015
The ability to weep.. the strongest man too once he weeps thus his sorrow.. with calm and resolution restored can get back to his mundane chores.. lovely write.. thanks for sharing
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Edward Kofi Louis 18 November 2015
'They can't stop him'. Nice work.
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Briony Nicholls 09 July 2015
God bless Les Murray for his contribution to humanity!
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T Art 22 October 2013
A moment of transcendence, the grace and dignity of weeping, a gift for those who will listen and receive, beauty through the veil.
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Bhagavathi Sudarshan 18 August 2008
Nodoubt, Its a very fantastic poem. Its my all time favourite! Its so simple, ordinary, yet so profound. Long live Le murray, my sweetest poet. Love M. R. Bhagavathi Bangalore India
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Alison Cassidy 22 October 2006
Ordinary words from a master wordsmith make extraordinary poetry. Bless you Les...
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