black rainbow

is this love? is this pain?
two sides to the same coin

the iridescence dazzles my eyes
like a feather from a bird of paradise

lovely and dark
the colors pull me under

captivated by their beauty
i swim through the darkness

arms outstretched
i follow the swirling blues and greens

at last, touching perfection
i feel it beneath my fingers

but this is no prize
as i slide across the greasy mass

the glistening black surface
stagnant and slick

i recoil
but never in time

black oily stains on my hands
where i thought love had been