I am grey

in snowy woods
of crisp ice
the flit
of invisible birds
and skeletal trees against ashen skies
the light
that draws a thin line
across the horizon
the gentle grey of a heron

Kim M. Russell, 16th February 2021

Image result for grey skies ice smoke and trees

My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics: True Colours?

Mish is back for this Tuesday’s Poetics with a challenge to write from a perspective other than our own, to climb out of our comfort zones and look through a new lens – by writing from the perspective of a colour.

Mish wonders what red sees and, indeed, what other colours see. She ponders whether the vibe and personality of each colour is just as we have perceived it – or not – and whether some colours would like to rebel against the stereotypes we have placed upon them, which reminded me of Oliver Jeffers’ children’s book The Day the Crayons Quit.

Mish would like us to slip out of our human bodies and become nothing but colours in our poems.

54 thoughts on “I am grey

  1. That last line really brings all these shades of grey together into something beautiful. We often think of grey as bleak, but it has its own unique beauty. I am very familiar with every shade of grey, coming from the North of England!

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    1. Thank you, Ingrid. I love grey and silver. I can’t wait for my hair to complete its transformation; it’s gone from light blond to dark blond with silver and grey streaks and it’s been like that for ages now.

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  2. This is incredibly breathtaking, Kim! 😀 You have lend grey a sense of comfort and calm with your stunning use of imagery. Especially love; “the flit of invisible birds, smoke and skeletal trees against ashen skies.” Sigh 💝💝💝

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  3. Grey is beautiful. Here in Australia we have birds called galahs. I don’t know how well known they are elsewhere. They have grey backs and dusky pink tummies. They are what first helped me see the beauty in grey. Your poem is a lovely idea to grey.

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. I’m a wearer of monochromatic colours and my home is decorated that way too, to allow the colours of soft furnishings and art to bloom. I love the grey wistfulness of winter, although I prefer to look at it from the warmth and safety of a window.


      1. My home is similar, lots of grey and white though recently I’ve branched out into indigo as well. Clothing is often black though I’m adding more colour there too these days. 😊

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