Waning Lyrical*

Records of the mnemonic plague
Are largely disordered, even vague:
An army of acronyms
Whose chance of use remainèd slim,
This unmarked period of history
Not so much shrouded in mystery
As totally overshadowed
By episodes far more impacting and hallowed…
To which, the Grand Ol’ Duke of York,
Of whom such epic rhyming talk
Was sidelined to the archives
Though his legend still survives
In calling to order the rainbow’s array:
The sunshine on a rainy day
Declaring the end of Noah’s voyage
According to the Bible’s page.
His legend? The giving of battle in vain.
A tenuous connection betwixt sunshine and rain…


*A moment of inspiration refracted from the science of colour in pigment and light …


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