From White to Grey to Black


  • Life

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    Looking at life.

    From White to Grey to Black

    Time consists of many colors.

    From the beginning of life everything is coated in the

    purity of white as we progress through early childhood.

    Then, during the next stage of our lives we play out a variety

    of colorful events.  Some in vibrant colors of orange

    and red as we pass through the processes associated with

    falling in love and experiencing feelings so deep and painful

    that we can’t describe them.

    Then comes colors of green and blue associated

    with events of disappointment and the realization

     that love does not shelter us from all of life’s

    ugliness nor the separation associated with

    broken, never to be fixed, relationships.

    Unfortunately, the blue then turns to a dark

    shade of purple as calls to our children go unanswered

    and we realize that their lives are as complex as ours once

     were as they deal with raising children and jobs that

    seem to provide little more than a paycheck.

    The next stage turns our world and our hair to a shade

     of grey as loneliness and the loss of loved ones

    becomes the focal point of our existence and we spend

     endless hours sending sympathy cards and attending

     the numerous funerals for those that we once knew and loved

    Finally, we must cope with diminishing memories and

    feeble and unresponsive limbs that once ran with the wind

    as a child and danced through the night as a young adult.

    On a good day the mind can still slay dragons when called upon…

    until that fateful day that the grey begins to darken and slumber

     beckons bringing forth visions of what lies beyond and eventually

    the blackness and release of eternal sleep.



    Life may sometimes seem as I have described above

    when viewed in its entirety. However, intermingled

    between each of the stages of the colors above from

     white, to red, to blue, to purple, to grey and finally to black

    are brief periods of glorious sunshine providing a golden

     yellow cast to life that is so full of happiness and joy that

    it transcends all things and carries us ever onward


    ©Copyright Charlie Gragg, November 16, 2010       

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    Stryx commented on From White to Grey to Black


    A refreshing work with metaphoric use of colors to mark our way.



    Glad you liked it. Thanks.

    Chaos128 commented on From White to Grey to Black


    Are colors are with us wherever. It's up to us how they're mixed, and the composition of the pictures we paint with them. Dark panoramas occasionally result, but imagine how bland the scenery of our lives would be without them. I'd say a blue ribbon is warrented here : )



    ..and I'd say thank you for your visit and your positive comments.

    JadedJezzabel commented on From White to Grey to Black


    love the metaphor you used with the colors relating to emotions.....very clever



    I thank you for reading and commenting.

    Madelynn commented on From White to Grey to Black


    Hopefully Hampton our journey is tinted with gold- as all of this-even the dark hues are a treasure to those who capture the rainbow each new day-you are amazing- you are the ribbon of gold, and it shines thro' with each write you share!-Maddi



    Very nice of you to say. Thank you.

    blackfootlady commented on From White to Grey to Black


    Your Poem is Graced By Gods colorful Beauty.How Pretty this was to read.I love the decriptions and how You translated Your Thoughts into it.I'm in awe Hampton.Excellent write talented One.God Bless-Black



    You are most kind. Thank you.

    Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.

    Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) U.S. poet.

    Hampton’s Poems (111)

    Title Comments
    Title Comments
    Searching 5
    The Poetess 14
    Nonsense 12
    Solitude 18
    Lame Limericks 14
    Message to Papa 15
    Young Jimmy O’Fallon 11
    The Computer From Hell 18
    Life Ain’t for Sissies 16
    The Mind In Motion 13
    The Game of Poetry 9
    Silence 55
    WordSlinger 19
    Holiday Thoughts 12
    Sweet Mary 18
    From White to Grey to Black 19
    The Reckoning 12
    And All of That Jazz 16
    Today 25
    No Offense, Just My Opinion 16
    Lucky 10
    You’re Only as Old as You Feel 13
    Saturday Night 13
    Political Change? 14
    The Female Gender 17
    I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? ( With Epilogue) 10
    I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? 7
    Remembering 11
    This Web We Weave 13
    The End 16
    The Day the Clouds Cried 16
    The Path of Life 12
    My Mother Ruth 12
    Humanities Challenge 14
    A Cowboy's Perspective 12
    July in Buda Texas 14
    The OP Poets Parade 20
    The Chatelaine 12
    Shot Through the Heart 17
    Poetry and Fine Wine 18
    The Man What Am 10
    The Final Beat of My Heart 16
    The Rainbow of Poets 19
    A Cowboy's Lament 13
    Of This World I am Not 17
    The Wee People 19
    An Evening at an Irish Pub 15
    The Scent of Love 14
    Fresh News from Buda Texas 16
    Memories of Times Past 13
    The Dance of the Poets 20
    The Confession 14
    Road to Obscurity 18
    Barbara 14
    Shadows 15
    Prescience 17
    Words That Bind 54
    Wondering 26
    New Year News from Buda Texas 13
    We Are All Witnesses 16
    Christmas 25
    A Cowboy’s Prayer 29
    The 9 ers 24
    Love Defined 27
    Tis a Time to Give Thanks 21
    More News From Buda Texas 26
    Choices 26
    News from Buda, Texas 21
    In Search of God 21
    Writers of Poems (WOPs) 26
    Out of the Darkness 15
    Visions from Within the Mist 18
    Baseball 12
    The Night Stalker 16
    The Man I Presume to be Buck 16
    The Sounds of Time 17
    The Little Man in the Green Hat 18
    Blah Blah Blah 14
    One Two Three 13
    Carpe Viam 11
    Love in the Afternoon 13
    The Moth 14
    Lost & Dungeons of the Mind 11
    The Creative Process 19
    The Truth and the Tribe 19
    The Long Wait. 19
    Feathers 26
    The Arrow 14
    Take Two Cialis and Call Me in the Morning 26
    Ghostly Images 16
    Friends 11
    Angels Without Wings 20
    The Rider 16
    Pride and Shame 18
    The Winning Poet is.... 21
    Memories 13
    Politicians 67
    Your Mailbox Is Empty 18
    God's Visit 17
    Poets and Poems 20
    Love Thy Neighbor 13
    Renewal 8
    The Roar of Silence 17
    Blessed Are These Days 4
    Time and Space 5
    Life's Journey 8
    Gift To The Fallen 16
    Hunger 21
    The Antique Shop 30