Picturing Black

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics:  On Shades of Black  (posted by Anmol)
“This is Anmol (alias HA) and I welcome you to another week of dVerse Poetics. Today, I am prompting you to think of what comes to your mind when you picture ‘Black’. Think of what it means to you or what it stands for. You can venture into different areas like identity, materialism, personal experiences, physics, et al. as well. Or you can simply incorporate the word ‘black’ in your title and poem.”

Black elegance–a simple gown,
high heels, special night out.
Black négligée and silk stockings
with black seam running down
the center, sexy and dark
as midnight.
Black clothing in silk,
satin, velvet. Yet, there is
sadness of wearing
a black armband
for a person you loved,
who has gone into that black
space–a hole, still a mystery.


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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6 Responses to Picturing Black

  1. Beverly Crawford says:

    I love that your black thoughts turned to a wardrobe. Great write!


  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like how you presented the black armband as a contrast to the other clothing.


  3. lillian says:

    Even in clothing….that “perfect little black dress” every woman must have. We think of it as for an elegant party and yet we also wear black to a funeral. Good juxtapositioning here.


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