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Grey's Spectrum -Brussels, Belgium-

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Grey's Spectrum -Brussels, Belgium-

I’m greeted by the freshly laundered dawn,
pale slate linen hung to dry above
a stirring city of collective individuals. 
I cherish moments like these,
when I can step out in to the drying day
without forethought or agenda
and imbibe a city  which has squirmed 
beneath the clouds for a millennium.

And what a different place it would be if
the sun shone upon it more often.

What need would there have been for the
gilded Galleries de Saint Hubert
if not to protect the heads of the bourgeoisie?

What drive would there have been for Horta and Blérot 
to duplicate nature’s balance indoors in glass, steel and murals
and sprawl sgraffiti jungles beneath damp eaves?

Why would beer need to warm one’s soul and feet
if one’s shoes were not constantly damp?

Where would have Magritte found his clouds?

How would the cobblestones of the Grand Place
manage to glow brighter than Saint Michel’s spire
if they weren’t slickened by an otherwise uncaring God?

How silent and plain the city would be
without colonial djembe undertones, postmarks
from a search for one’s self in clement Congo.

It is a city of grey
from which all colours run




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  1. Date: 3/23/2012 1:21:00 PM
    Wonderful description here. I am glad Brussels is not always grey, but a great job depicting the moods.

  1. Date: 12/23/2011 5:23:00 PM
    Congratulations on your worldly win Darryl. Love, Carol Happy Holidays

  1. Date: 12/23/2011 11:25:00 AM
    very very good poetry indeed, Darryl, and congratulations on your 10 th position.....but in my opinion you was robbed man...your work should have been placed at the is a very nice combination of imagery and clever word-play not to mention the delightful sound devices in almost every line, reflecting a consideration of the topic at length....well done

  1. Date: 12/22/2011 5:27:00 PM
    "It is a city of grey from which all colours run free, sober, deep." Really clinched it for me..amazing write Darryl congrats on your 10th place win in my contest xxx

    Davis Avatar Darryl Davis
    Date: 12/23/2011 4:01:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks :-)
  1. Date: 12/22/2011 1:46:00 PM
    someone's got to read this dude and then google the beings he's referring to...FREE, SOBER, DEEP....just a fantastic ending to brilliance Phreepoetree ~free cee!~'WAKE UP YOU SELF RIGHTEOUS GODS AND GODDESSES This man has a lot you need to read, as do i!