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What if the world were black and white?
Like splattered paint, the snow drops from the sky,
And mixes with the black, black ground,
And makes a slushy, mushy gray.

What if the world were black and white?
With clothes, all black and white and gray,
And people gray and black and white
And, then we would know how little difference there is now.

What if the world were black and white?
Would there be light?
Would shadows be permanent smudges?
Would they fall on dark ground, to be invisible?

What if the world were black and white?
And what if we could not see the snow because the grass was white?
And what if carpets just got dirtier and dirtier?
With gray, what color is gray? Do you know?

What if the world were black and white?
And what if one person
Out of all the people in the world
Could see in color.




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ArcherBoots said...
Nov. 22 at 4:25 pm:
I like how, rather than stating events, you provide prompting, probing questions. It's an invitation to look at things from a new perspective. And I think that the repetition of it really adds to the work. The last stanza in particular stands out to me.
 
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liveloud77This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Oct. 12 at 7:51 pm:
this is such an interesting speculation! I love the pictures you paint in each stanza, especially the 1st one? and such a strong ending, I love this! 
 
ramfthomas4This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 14 at 3:09 pm :
Thank you so much! the first stanza really gave me the idea for the other stanzas.
 
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