Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Poem of the Week - Black Isn't the Color of Death (7 November, 2011)

Friends, we have a very thought-provoking Poem of the Week for you today.  It was written by Lolamouse from Maryland, USA, who describes herself as a 40-something wife, mom, and boat rocker with an overwhelming need to be snarky and a creative spark that needs to be. Her blog is:

Black isn't the color of death
Death is red
blood splatters and pools
carpet stains
an entire industry spawned to clean up afterwards
Death is  blue
Mama's little baby
footsie pajamas and smelling of milk
goes to sleep one night and doesn't
wake up WAKE UP WAKE UP!
Death is sometimes yellow
eyes and skin
toxic brew of destruction and denial
dragon's breath burning
anyone caring or stupid enough 
to get close
Death is white
hospital walls
sheets bleached threadbare
faces of families
numb, dumb, blank canvasses
of misery and confusion
Black isn't the color of death
not the only one
Death takes all colors
and makes them hers.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I find this is a very strong poem of truth.  I hope you appreciate this one, plus take a look at other poems on Lolamouse's blog.  Lots of variety there. Thanks, Lolamouse, for being part of our Poets United community.

Posted by Mary who blogs at In the Corner of My Eye.


  1. Thought-provoking indeed, and very original.

  2. WOW.... this poem is.... profound.... It has made me pause. This is a very very very strong poem.

    All I can say after reading that is


  3. Mary,
    This poem touched me deeply... a very dear friend passed on yesterday. What timing. Brilliantly written. Thank you.

  4. Mary,
    Thank you for choosing my poem to post (and alerting me.) There have been several deaths in our community these past few weeks, and a friend of mine is very ill as well, so this is a topic that has been on my mind more so than usual lately. Thank you all for your kind words.

  5. GREAT pick, Mary! Lolamouse, this poem is very thought-provoking, and so true - all the colors of death........fantastic writing.

  6. So powerful and profound. Excellent writing.

    What a great choice for poem of the week.

  7. So true, so real... this poem left me stunned.