In Defense of Gray (100 WCGU)

Gray is such a dismal word
but why must it be so?
It makes pink pop
Red and orange too
It even heralds snow.

It’s neutral
It’s not black or white
It doesn’t judge or take a stance
Some say it helps stabilize
And make vibrant colors dance.

Native Americans, some people say
associate gray with friends
It symbolizes security
Upon gray you can depend.

But still gray skies indicate
days of doom and gloom
Unless you choose to take that day
as an opportunity
a chance to read a book, drink some tea,
and snuggle in your room.


This is my entry in Julia’s 100 Word Challenge for Grown-ups this week, with the prompt “Grey” (or gray, which is the correct spelling?). For an old look at Gray in my life visit a poem of mine from a while back called “A Gray Day”


22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Paul
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 09:14:31

    I have no problem with gray.never have. Thanks for the fun read!


  2. thelifeofjamie
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 12:09:24

    I wear a lot of gray, and I think gray shot up the color status hierarchy with 50 Shades of Gray!


  3. Older Mum (@Older_Mum)
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 15:28:39

    That was lovely – and grey is a very positive colour really – it sets off all the other colours – its the glue that binds contrasts together.


  4. Kathryn McCullough
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 18:48:50

    Lovely poem, Lisa. I once read a book called “Gray is the Color of Hope.”


  5. sharon
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 20:34:46

    G is for “gray”
    That won’t go away
    It’s there in my hair
    With mousy brown fray

    S is for skin
    that feels like a sin
    I’m curving and creasing
    from outside and in

    L is for long
    Desire is strong
    to ache in my heart
    and not be so wrong

    [writing to you makes me miss our time at my table w/ Sue. Thanks for the inspiration]


  6. Lucid Gypsy
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 16:01:55

    A lovely read that is comforting somehow.


  7. myothervoices
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 23:58:20

    You have to feel sorry for grey really. Unless it’s meat


  8. Sally-Jayne
    Nov 29, 2012 @ 07:23:45

    Poor grey – it really does have negative connotations for most of us doesn’t it? It was really interesting to read some of the positive thought on it 🙂


  9. Delft
    Nov 29, 2012 @ 11:26:52

    I actually rather like fog. And I agree dismal weather is a great chance to snuggle up inside, and be happy we don’t have to go out.
    Lovely defense.


  10. Kathy
    Dec 01, 2012 @ 13:29:34

    I am now a fan of gray, thanks go you and your colorful poem. Except it’s really gray outside right now. But, yes, it makes the plastic orange flower and yellow sign across the street pop out!


  11. JazzBumpa
    Dec 02, 2012 @ 19:47:14

    It was a grey day here in S E Michigan, and I know quite a bit about grey and (im)maturity.
    And I did drink some tea.


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