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A/N: Aunt Bea has me feeling nostalgic and I was inspired to pull something of mine out of the archives and dust it off. This is the first poem I ever published on and it has a very special place in my heart. It went through several revisions before becoming this finished product. Ken and Shannon were amazing in their wisdom and helped me out while I was work-shopping. I've always liked the idea of flitting scene to scene in a dream and I hope I have captured that here. Have a look and tell me what you think! You never know, fresh input may be able to make this even better. (I know, I know, its always "shades" of one color or another...)

I see you as you were
In shades of gray
Is the memory faded?
Silent actors,
On a black and white stage?


The way we were
Under violet sky's
Glowing with sprinkled starlight
Ageless beauty in Selene's embrace
Helios’ ride breaks the spell


In my head scattered thoughts
Trying to fit a script
Where nothing works
With the lines I wrote


The play has changed
I was not told
The director laughs
Sends me to my place
With ignorance of the next act


Garbed in motley
Waiting for show's start
A funny little scene
Backstage in my mind

The curtain opens
I begin to dance
Like a marionette
On an old Italian stage


My strings pull me
From pose to pose
In a dance of debauchery,
The crowd goes wild.


Peace of mind is my illusion
The bait for the trap
A mirage of color
Just over the horizon


Nothing between us
But the burning desert
Always so close
Yet just out of reach


My finger tips sliding
Through waves of heat
The image vanishes
I am alone


Thunderous applause
The curtain closing
My life is a play
In shades of gray

David Moore
August 24, 2009

'But I don't want to go among mad people,' said Alice. 'Oh, you can't help that,' said the cat. 'We're all mad here.'
Lewis Carroll

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The following comments are for "Shades of Grey"
by HeRoCoMpLeX

Here I am wondering why you used 'grey' in the title and 'gray' in the poem. Don't know why but I like grey better. Just one of those things.

Loved the poem by the way. Lots of images and enjoyed the progression with the dashes between.

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: March 16, 2011 )

It was just a typo, I meant to use "grey" throughout. Thanks for the comment!

( Posted by: HeRoCoMpLeX [Member] On: March 16, 2011 )

..of compression
As Penelope, I dig the imagery and flow.


( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: March 16, 2011 )

Shades of gray/grey!
Beautiful imagery Dave...Like Pen...the only jarrying thing about this is the use of the spelling of grey!

Good Job!

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: March 17, 2011 )

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