Josephine LoRé, Poetry

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In Praise of Colour

pink and red

yellow and brown

and inbetween, blue

dark purple, pale green

these are the colours we hurt in

red, blood flowing through veins

menses from the womb

creamy, the vernix of a baby’s birth

colourless, the liquid salt from our eyes

be they brown or blue

green or grey, hazel

amber, topaz, ruby

sapphire, lapis, jade


fields of poppy, fields of lavender

brome swaying in the breeze

blue spruce, white spruce, wintergreen

long blue shadows on January snow

the wolf, grey, grizzled

tawny, auburn, silver, black

shades and scents of roses

pink to peach, damask, vanilla

burgundy, carmine, plum


horses dappled, bay, buckskin

chestnut, dun, grullo, roan

blue, paint, pinto


I think the creator revelled in colour

palette perfect

the contrasts, nuances, the shades

but instead of seeing beauty in colour

we draw lines     us and them

haves and have nots

enough      and not enough

cut us, and the blood flows always red

strike us, and we bruise the same colours

pink and red

yellow and brown

and inbetween, blue

dark purple

pale green

Return to WordCity Monthly’s October 2020 issue…

Josephine LoRe

a pearl in this diamond world … Josephine LoRe is the author of two collections which integrate poetry and photography,  ‘Unity’ and the Calgary Herald Bestseller ‘The Cowichan Series’, as well as the short story “Cornflower”.  Her words have been read on stage, put to music, danced, and integrated into visual art.  They appear in anthologies and literary journals in nine countries, including FreeFall Literary Magazine, Japan’s Mount Fuji Tanka Grand Prix, Pendemic poetry in Ireland and the upcoming (M)othering Anthology.

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