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Oh, to have had the power to see the colours

By Cathy holmesPublished 2 months ago • 1 min read
Photo by Andriyko Podilnyk on Unsplash

I saw snowflakes dance in the sky on the day we met. I saw the bright crescent moon on the night of our first date. I saw a pure soul when you kissed me and I was enchanted by your smile, as sparkling white as my wedding gown.

I didn’t see the emptiness to come.

I saw the greens of fresh grass and newly budding trees on our first spring walk. I saw the emeralds in the earrings you gave me on our anniversary, and the green football jersey I gave you.

I never saw the colour of your envy.

I saw the reds of roses on my birthday and Valentines. I saw the cinnabar candy hearts you loved and the twinkling red lights on the Christmas tree.

I couldn’t envision the fire of your anger.

I saw the brilliant yellows of the setting sun, and the spring daffodils. I saw the canaries and the warblers and heard their beautiful songs.

I never saw your cowardice, but I heard your shouts.

I saw the black of the stormy night sky as the thunder crashed and I cuddled in your arms. I saw the bears on our trips up north and the squirrels in the trees outside our window. I tasted the blackberries – your favourite.

I was blinded to the cold charcoal of your heart.

Should I have seen?

Could I have known?

Oh, to have had the power to see the true colours,

behind your blue eyes.

sad poetry

About the Creator

Cathy holmes

Canadian family girl with a recently discovered love for writing. Other loves include animals and sports.

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  • Ward Norcutt2 months ago

    wow 53 comments now... pretty cool idea with the color comparisons!

  • Loryne Andawey2 months ago

    Excellent as always though this one left me feeling angry for the narrator. Your words can stir strong emotions. Quite the superpower :)

  • Caroline Jane2 months ago

    I xoulf have sworn I left a comment on this previously. I may be cracking up! Excellent as ever and really poignant to boot. 🥰

  • Jess Boyes2 months ago

    The use of colours to show the two sides is beautifully done. I loved this so much!

  • Rayn B2 months ago

    This is so moving. Beautiful imagery and such strong emotions. You are outstanding!

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  • Alex H Mittelman 2 months ago

    Wow, fantastic! I love it!

  • Lilly Cooper2 months ago

    I really enjoyed the use of colours to build scenes. Well done

  • Meg2 months ago

    Beautiful! The flow is so perfect and the imagery is great!

  • Brenton F2 months ago

    I was drawn in by the image you chose and stayed for your words, they resonated!

  • Oluwatoyin Adeleke2 months ago

    Love never see the wrong side everything is always right in good relationship

  • Daniel Jeyaraman2 months ago

    Beautifully written, Cathy. 🥰

  • Alfiya2 months ago

    Wonderful piece, enjoyed it a lot

  • Bex Jordan2 months ago

    Oh, I love these visuals and that knife-twist at the end 💙

  • Good work. Nicely written with contradictions. Great job!

  • Gerald Holmes2 months ago

    WOW!!! This is truly outstanding writing.

  • Dean F. Hardy2 months ago

    I like reading pieces, be it poetry or pros that ends with a soft but lingering presence of something significant. You did that here, thanks for sharing Cathy.

  • Janice Daily2 months ago

    This poem so is well-crafted, with a clear message and beautiful use of imagery. Subscribing for sure

  • Danielle Roske2 months ago

    I love this work! It definitely deserves to be in the top <3

  • jaykrishnan2 months ago

    Excellent ❤️❤️

  • VIDHYASAGAR2 months ago

    Excellent write bro amazing 🔥💝💝😊🌠💝🌠✨

  • Denise E Lindquist2 months ago

    Congratulations on Top Story 😊💕

  • Dana Stewart2 months ago

    Congratulations on this great top story!

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