Grey Matter

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday – “The beauty and the misery of grey”
(posted by Bjorn)

“Today I would like you to consider grey as a subject for your haibun.

Grey can be everything between black and white, all the possibilities of compromise and harmony. Solution

Grey is also absence of color an absence of joy. Fifty shades of misery

Grey is winter, whiteout, mist and rain. It could be the swelling of the sea. Maybe you recall a moment sitting by a lake an overshadowed day in February.

Grey is ink-wash, old pewter and the haircolor of old age, it’s gneiss and granite.

Grey can be the promise of soil to seed.”

I have often been told that I only see issues in black or white.
That might be true, but it gave me power to make quick decisions
and life changes. Maybe they were not all wise, but they were
mine. To linger long in grey areas can confuse, depress, or paralyze.

On the other hand, my friend painted her bedroom in “Manhattan Mist”.
Most beautiful shade of grey I have ever seen, soft and soothing
with a mystique that lures you in.

on the beach
cry of summer seagulls in flight
misty grey fog

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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22 Responses to Grey Matter

  1. Well, that haiku I could jump into with both feet! I love a “winter” beach here in NC as it is not too hot and usually not to cold – refreshing and not too many tourists (if any at all).


  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    When we make a decision it does seem like a black and white choice–do it or don’t do it.


  3. True that grey can paralyze – playing in the shadows for too can’t be good. The haiku a perfect accompaniment to the insights in the prose.


  4. kim881 says:

    I love the cry of summer seagulls through misty grey fog, Sara! A reminder of what is yet to come.


  5. annell4 says:

    I love your words! Reminds me of so many grey days at the beach, sea gulls cry, the smell of the sea. The waves cover my toes, and the children’s laughter.


  6. rothpoetry says:

    Manhattan Mist sounds like a light gray! The seagulls are calling for summer!! Nice post! I tend to ask why about everything even the black and white…I guess I am gray!


  7. Beverly Crawford says:

    My daughter and I have discussed how my grandson sees everything in the unbending black and white of youth, and that he will learn as he matures that there are shades of grey. Somehow your write made me think of that discussion.


  8. Vivian Zems says:

    I’ve never thought of gray as soothing. That’s another way of looking at it. Lovely haiku.


  9. I often find grey a soothing place to be… just like you ponder a bit before making a decision… afterwards it’s either black or white.


  10. Singledust says:

    that thought process is so important in some areas of work, where uncertainties may cost lives. I admire how you wear are confident with this ability.


  11. Only black and white? Go ahead, mix it up. What would poets do without shades of gray?


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