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October 8, 2017
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By definition,
gray is the blur between black and white,
the empty space between together and
to me, gray is
the hollow yellow of a summer spent alone,
the sick violet undertone of a bruising memory,
and all the colors in between.
gray is the dust that
overtop archived newspapers and
permanent words, and
the hushed singing of
happy birthday down the school hallway.
the empty swings that hold no one but the wind.
gray is the smudge of color
when the world turns too
and all the hues drain into the overcast sky.
to me, gray is
the quiet and the cold,
the snow that silences all.
the chill that runs through the arctic,
through unloved hearts and charred bones.
the taunting whisper of yesterday's warmth,
bread that smells sublime but tastes
I remember watching the sky tip into the
empty streets from behind windows
that stretched out the lethargy as I listened
to the slow hum of the summer that lost its mind
           in the silence.
to me, gray is
   the smudge between dead and living.
sitting on the edge of the moon with
both feet hanging off, and
all the empty colors.

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