Thursday, February 6, 2014

Gray Areas

As I was writing the earlier post, I was reminded of a poem that I wrote many years ago. It's part of a collection entitled Steps Along The Way ... which is broken down into three areas ... Darkness ... Gray Areas ... and Light. 

This is the introduction I wrote to Gray Areas ...

"There is a tendency to construe gray as confusion or uncertainty, when the truth is that gray (a mixture of black and white pigments) can be considered the transitional phase in which the light is becoming more apparent through the darkness."

GRAY AREAS

Pale, gray storm clouds
over/head
how many faces can you find?

Now you see them, now you don't!

Pale, gray storm clouds
over/head
gently floating by
beautiful contrast
to the green of the trees

Pale, gray storm clouds
over/head
completely out of sight
no storm
no great clashes of thunder
no great torrents of rain

just the gentlest evaporation
to make way for the
sunshine and blue skies
that warm the heart
and feed the soul

Pale, gray storm clouds
over/head
do I feel the faintest
sense of remorse on your departure
you are nothing to hide from
nothing to fear,
you are actually quite tranquil

and just like any other cloud
on any other day,
the faces keep changing,
never staying the same
for more than a fleeting moment

Pale, gray storm clouds
over/head

Now you see them, now you don't!
 



2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Excellent poem.
Lately (because of the 50 year anniversary) I've been remembering the Beatles first arrival here, and it chases away the blues:
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2014/02/our-hearts-went-boom-the-beatles-in-new-york.html

Susan Schanerman said...

Thanks so much for the comment - and for reminding me of the anniversary.

Believe it or not, I was in the audience at the Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964!! Sadly, I don't remember any specifics except seeing their boots from under the curtain before the show started. The excitement was indescribable!!!