by D.H. Lawrence
saw the dun atmosphere over the blackened hills opposite, the dark
of houses, slate roofed and amorphous, the old church-tower
up in hideous obsoleteness above raw new houses
on the crest
of the hill, the amorphous, brittle, hard
edged new houses advancing from
to meet the corrupt new houses from Lethley, the
Lethley advancing to mix with the houses of
Hainor, a dry, brittle,
terrible corruption spreading over
the face of the land, and she
was sick with nausea so
deep that she perished as she sat.
then, in the blowing clouds, she
saw a band of faint
iridescence colouring in faint colours a portion of
And forgetting startled, she looked for the hovering colour and
saw a rainbow forming itself. In one place it gleamed fiercely, and,
her heart anguished with hope, she sought the shadow of iris where
bow should be. Steadily the colour gathered, mysteriously, from
it took presence upon itself, there was a faint, vast rainbow.
arc bended and strengthened itself till it arched indomitable,
great architecture of light and colour and the space of heaven,
pedestals luminous in the corruption of new houses on the lowhill,
arch the top of heaven. And the rainbow stood on the earth.
knew that the sordid people who crept hard-scaled and separate
the face of the world's corruption were living still,
the rainbow was arched in their blood and would quiver to life
their spirit, that they would cast off their horny covering of disintegration,
new, clean, naked bodies would issue to a new germination, to
growth, rising to the light and the wind
and the clean rain of heaven.
She saw in the rainbow the earth's new architecture,the old, brittle
corruption of houses and factories swept away, the
world built up
in a living fabric of Truth,
fitting to the over-arching heaven."
Hope is the thing with feathers, That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words, ~ Emily Dickinson ~
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