The words “Bad news” jumped out at me in my messages. It came just as we were preparing to go on vacation in Hawaii. Life intruded to inform me of a friend’s untimely and sudden death. Shocked, I let the news pass through me and busied myself with packing.
News of death is becoming a more frequent visitor lately. But this loss was so unexpected it brought home the reality of life’s precariousness.
Then, arriving in Hawaii, I spotted a rainbow, the first of many. Looking at first like an optical illusion, which of course it is, I watched it quickly intensify, shine brilliantly between dark clouds and ocean, and then, just as quickly, fade and disappear. The perfect metaphor for life?
Don’t weep, insects –
Lovers, stars themselves,
– Kobayashi Issa