By Mike Turner
We run through the colors of our lives The yellows of bright possibilities Lives begun, opportunities offered The greens of early success Chances taken, hopes promised The reds of passions stoked Loves encountered, yearnings ignited The blues of loss Dreams unfulfilled, accomplishments unrewarding Oranges and purples and scarlets and indigo Once viewed as a palette of iridescent wonder Now seen as the inevitable wash of time Until at last we’re left with browns and rust The dry, crackling remains of once verdant leaves Upon branches that stretched to white-hot sun Now standing bare to winter’s pewter skies Yawing catacombs now beckon And all the hues we’ve experienced Run like diluted paints in the rain Rivers of multicolored tears Mixing, swirling, shifting Losing individuality As they shade To night’s black Which yet is speckled With brilliant white stars Dusting the heavens Diamonds on black velvet canvas Marking our passing Shimmering as a prism Cleaving into the rainbow of colors We live
Mike Turner is a songwriter and poet living on the US Gulf Coast. He was featured on the “15 Minutes of Fame Stage” at the 2020 Monroeville Literary Festival. Mike’s songs have received radio play throughout the US, UK, Europe, New Zealand and on the US Armed Forces Radio Network. He was featured in the books, “Who’s Who of Emerging Writers 2020” and …”2021,” and “I, The Writer” published by Sweetycat Press. Mike’s poems have been published in numerous print and on-line journals; his poem, “A Flash of Blue” was awarded 1st Place in the 2020 Springtime Contest at Academy of the Heart and Mind. His debut poetry collection, “Visions and Memories,” was published by Sweetycat Press in July 2021.