|Prompt from Magpie Tales.|
Like a bright poppy on a grey battle field.
Like a flash of color over the sandy shore.
The umbrella floated down a grey brick road.
The city washed the color from me.
Born of wild flowers and blue skies,
it pulled me into shades of stone and rain.
Watching the umbrella float on by,
I started to catch myself smiling.
I even laughed and splashed a puddle!
This grey city with one bright spot,
has taken too many of my colors.
I'm going back to the prairies.
Bright red barns, white ducks, green
oat fields swaying next to purple flax
and blooming acres of sunflowers.
It took a bright red umbrella to break
the gloom and deliver my heart
back to where I belong - in the country!
I longed to take her with me, but I knew
her bright red would fade in the sunshine
and be lost in the waves of country color.
Better that she stay and share her red,
with the people of that grey city
on grey rainy days on grey streets.
I wont' forget her though, after all
she did with her bright red light me up
and get me on my way back home.
2011 Shanyn Silinski Copyright