THE COLOR OF YOU

Painted memories Beautiful pinks And soft blues Full of shadows Of bold darks Of gentle hues Blended regrets And mistakes And triumphs too Vivid landscapes Full of textures And dimensions The color of you

RECOGNIZING RACISM REQUIRES US TO SEE IN COLOR

I’ve heard people say “I am colorblind” when the topic of racism arises. I know what they mean to say… “they” meaning white people like me… mean to say they love all races equally. I may have even said it before myself. But I’ve come to understand why it’s not helpful. Furthermore, why the concept…

RAINBOW THREADS

WRITTEN BY JANE GOOD AND HASTYWORDS   Flocks of butterflies landed in front of me Oranges, blues, and wine colored reds Their wings were a cacophony of beats Stitching my wounds with rainbow threads Transfixed by nimble and delicate flight I contemplate their careful crimson dance My motionless body masks my delight Viewing a rare…

MONARCH WINGS

      WRITTEN BY OFF DUTY MOM AND HASTYWORDS Waxy colors rained down Turning bright colors Of greens, reds, and blues Into those of muddy brown.   And in war and strife, I drop anchor here In this sea so soft with murk, Thinking of how much better it is to let the children…