My second grade teacher liked to ask us,
“How do you feel today, on a scale of one to ten?”
Ten always meant I’m super, thank you
and one was always not today, Mrs. MacAuley, not today.
But I never liked numbers, they would always
twist and rebel against my mind so I chose
to speak in colors instead.
January third - I am the color
of mint chocolate chip ice cream
but I’ve eaten all the chocolate chips.
I am calm.
February seventh - I am a bruise of
blues and violets today. I think it would
be best if I sat by the window.
These are unhappy colors.
April eleventh - I am turquoise, I am magenta,
I am every color in the rainbow.
April thirtieth - I am gray, I am silent.
May first - I am orange, the color of melting
creamsicles on a beach in July.
June twelfth - I am as yellow as the school bus
that will bring me home to summer. I am free.
Twelve years later, I still use colors.
The winter makes me feel cobalt blue, the ocean
turns me a seafoam green. Violets and purples
leave me uneasy and scarlet is a fever of fury.
Some nights I drown in shades of navy, denim,
and cornflower but other nights I meditate in forests of
harlequin and shamrock.
you leave me a blinding white followed by a soft yellow:
the color of sunlight after a period of darkness.
It’s always the right time for a little Samantha Jones appreciation
I’d Rather Dance With You by Kings Of Convenience
I doubt my reply would be interesting for you to hear
because I haven’t read a single book all year
and the only film I saw, I didn’t like it at all
I’d rather dance than talk with you
Quiescent - a quiet, soft-spoken soul
Chimerical - merely imaginary; fanciful
Susurrus - a whispering or rustling sound
Raconteur - one who excels in story-telling
Clinquant - glittering; tinsel-like
Aubade - a song greeting the dawn
Ephemeral - lasting a very short time
Sempiternal - everlasting; eternal
Euphonious - pleasing; sweet in sound
Billet-doux - a love letter