I listen to her voice paint a light
and rainbow coloured folk song
about a child whose eyes were bright
but would never see, of crayons,
trees and love. The colours flow
through a Chelsea morning,
with crimson beads and yellow
curtains and a taxi, as if she’s singing
just for me. A little green fades to blue,
so many shades, from blue boy
to blue motel room, cold steel
and sweet fire. Her voice mellows,
chocolate smooth, a black crow
flies in a blue sky – we’re back to blue.
Kim M. Russell, 3rd December 2020
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Meeting the Bar: Synesthesia
Grace is our host this Thursday, reminding us of the previous writing challenge in which we concentrated on writing a poem using grapheme colour synesthesia. She also gives us a quick recap of what synethesia is.
Seeing music as colours is one form of synesthesia. Grace has shared links to two videos, the first an example of chromesthesia, a type of synesthesia in which a nonvisual stimulus causes the individual to perceive colour, and the second of Lorde, New Zealand singer and songwriter, who sees colour in her music.
Our challenge is to incorporate music in our poems from the perspective of a synesthete. We can create our own symphonies, infuse our musical experience when listening to a band, artist or musical genre, with colours, sounds and textures, write songs filled with colours.