True Colors

July 2, 2011
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The world is a stage
Shakespeare said
He was correct
To an extent—
The world is staged
Your true colors
Contained within
Inhumane bounds
The brush dips into the paint
Dances across the bare canvas
Seems so free, free to be
The artist you wished to be
Yet the edges of the canvas
Contain you
Your true colors
Still waiting to be revealed
Subject to criticism
I found that, the hard way
I saw the doom
Of the human race
Arguing over insignificant disagreements
Such trivial things!
We were fools—
Or so I thought,
And then came the
‘Good Samaritan’ that
The man saw, you know when
When I was in trouble
When my life seemed to be
Slipping away, out of my hands
In both ways
And I had no control
No power over who I was
There are many
You must see
Many Good Samaritans when you
Need them
And I found that
The edge of the canvas
Is not
The edge of hope
The edge of the world
The end of hope, the world
So when in doubt
Look about, I say
Look about for the good in
If you search with enough heart
You will find that good
If you look
In yourself
For those true colors…
When is your imagination
Your only restraint?
I looked to the world
Spherical, yet boundless
How we have swept our paintbrush
Across it
Good and bad
And I find no doubt
Left in my mind
That these colors we have,
Inborn and unstoppable,
Are not left to the jurisdiction
Of our fellows
But to ourselves
Our true colors
And so the answer to that
Is to be decided
By you

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In_Love_with_Writing said...
Jan. 16, 2013 at 3:53 pm
Really cool. nice job! Can you comment and rate some of my work?
HateKnuckle said...
Dec. 14, 2012 at 3:41 am
I'm not much of a fan of free verse so I didn't really like it. There were just too many things with little or no association with what was going on. I would really appreciate it if people would check out my poem Because I'm Dead. Thanks.
RodriguezSilvia18 said...
Jul. 7, 2012 at 1:51 am
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muna.najihah said...
Dec. 11, 2011 at 11:47 am
it is very true. it is simple to understand and not heavy to read. i love it. keep it up
Drakeon said...
Sept. 7, 2011 at 6:48 pm
Thanks for being the first comment on my first of many to come published poems I really like this poem and it is thought provoking too i hope to read them all. thanks again for the support. :)
livelovesmile said...
Aug. 29, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I really love the imagery and flow of this poem! It ties really nicely together at the end. 

Please check out my poems "Captured By Reflections" and "The Girl Next Door" because I'm new on this site an really need feedback. Thanks! (:

stunstyle said...
Aug. 24, 2011 at 8:10 pm

wow you are so amazing!!!! I love the line about life being staged :)

I would be so honored if you would give me some feedback on my new poem "My favorite Thing"

stardust-dreams This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 15, 2011 at 3:29 pm
I agree that this is classy, and flows well. I think I got a little lost towards the middle, wondering where the poem was going, but you were able to tie in the end with the beginning nicely. My favorite line is "Yet the edges of the canvas/ Contain you". I like the short lines as well. It gives the poem a rushing, fleeting, powerful quality.
Laura_Oliver said...
Aug. 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm
If you like this, you may like some of my other poems, including "When the Storm will Come" (which is the most similar) and "Love, Simply", a totally different poem with structured stanzas. Anyway, please offer feedback, which I would prefer to just telling me you did or didn't like it! Thanks!
bEllAhOPe said...
Aug. 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm
This is beautifully composed, and effortlessly classy. Nice work.
Laura_Oliver replied...
Aug. 5, 2011 at 7:56 pm
What? Effortlessly classy? That is extravagant!
Angeleyes12 said...
Aug. 3, 2011 at 8:08 pm
I totally fell in love with this poem! It is so descriptive. You did an excellent job on this! Please take a look at my poem called Snowflakes :) Thanks
sdfjkl said...
Jul. 31, 2011 at 8:09 pm
This is awesome.
ohheyyyelli said...
Jul. 31, 2011 at 11:51 am
I like the end, and the flow, and the imagery. Good work[:
ErisRose said...
Jul. 30, 2011 at 9:52 am
this is really amazing, I loved it. Check out some of my work if you get a chance! :)
Mimi15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 26, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Hey.  Umm.. I love this!

Do you mind checking out one of my poems (: thanks!

ElleNicole said...
Jul. 20, 2011 at 11:00 am

This is really really good! =) Nice work!

Maybe check out my poem, 'Change'? I'd appreciate it if you could rate/comment. Thanks!

shadowrider said...
Jul. 19, 2011 at 1:05 pm
Really great!! The shortness of the lines and the continuing theme maximize the poem's strength. The description is amazing! I loved it! Could you please give feedback on my poem "We Have a Voice"? Thanks! And wonderful job! Keep writing!
Cortney.Lynn said...
Jul. 19, 2011 at 10:20 am
I love it(: Its super good!(:
StrangeJade This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 17, 2011 at 8:21 pm
Really really really really good! So good, in fact, that my adverbs are dying by the dozen and leaving only "reallys" in their wake. :P The best line was "I looked to the world/Spherical, yet boundless/How we have swept our paintbrush across it/Good and bad..."
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