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shades of life

i used to think it was measured
by the depths of one's eyes
the swells that formed
when blue turned gray
a cloudy day
with the taste of
warm summer rain

how i loved to feel it
splashing against my face
washing all my secrets
into the puddles of mud
that looked dirtier
than i felt

i never knew they came assorted
like gummy-bears and rainbows
i only knew one
but i learned it well

i guess you taught me well
i could out run fists
and fits of rage
while not only talking
but sassing back
like some spoiled teen

i remember mine well
loved the color red
and how it dripped
in finger-paintings
on half-slit wrists
now riddled with scars

yeah, i have a few
more than others
but who's counting
when counting 
one's last breath of air

i loved to feel it
warm little breaths
kissing my cheek
in the height of day
but at night
i hated the exhale
it fell too often
like me

i guess i never knew love
not until you were gone
from my life

seems to blend
differently now
in an assortment
of colors
i never knew

means no longer liking red


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  1. Date: 4/3/2014 8:32:00 PM

    Dropping by to say hello, I hope all is well with you.
  1. Date: 3/7/2014 10:45:00 PM

    wow, Sandy. how did I ever miss THIS one. So good to see that you had posted a new one lately. I love this, and I'm sorry you had to experience crap like this in your life.
  1. Date: 3/2/2014 11:48:00 AM

    Sandy, I miss you!! I'm faving this poem because----well because it's exceptional!! Love ya and hope your okay!! Hugs
  1. Date: 2/23/2014 9:20:00 AM

    Hi Sandra, I enjoyed this on so many levels, like you it is truly exceptional. So glad I read it again. I like how each stanza was connected to the last line of the previous Stanza.
  1. Date: 2/22/2014 2:20:00 PM

    Sandra I like the way you mauve through emotions and life and each stanza is a journey in itself..well done...David
  1. Date: 2/17/2014 2:13:00 PM

    Aha i see sensational creativity here! Sublime muse makin for a great poem. A bit in dark red in one stanza but the poetic effects comparison is impresive.
  1. Date: 2/10/2014 11:56:00 AM

    This is what a poem should be. It should be laced with vivid imagery. Great write. Your pain and joy speaks colors eternally. Thank you for this poem.
  1. Date: 2/6/2014 7:50:00 PM

    A very good read, Thank you .
  1. Date: 2/5/2014 9:14:00 AM

    Dropping by to say hi. Hi
  1. Date: 2/3/2014 2:43:00 AM

    Well written, Sandra, this is a very powerful write.
  1. Date: 1/25/2014 3:09:00 PM

    Hi Sandra, Don't know how I missed reading this gem of a poem..
  1. Date: 1/22/2014 11:30:00 AM

    I believe you have concentrated more emotion through concentrated recollection and reminiscence than any poem I've read in some time. This is something to savor and read again and again. Guess you could say I liked it.
  1. Date: 1/12/2014 5:01:00 AM

  1. Date: 1/12/2014 3:36:00 AM

    Things are what they are all the while that we thought that they were what we thought
  1. Date: 1/11/2014 1:41:00 PM

    I am glad you no longer like red. This one slices into my heart. I am transported by the sadness yet tethered to the underlying hope. As always you write brilliantly. Hugs Rick.