Consider all the colors of white, all that they imply
When other colors lean against them
A palette of wan issue like cream, ivory, ecru, bisque
The bolder hues of palest yellow, peach, or pink
Even shadow tones like dove gray and taupe
Each creating a new color, a new impression, a new ground
For casting the primary chroma, blue, green, or red
Making the bold stance ever more aggressive
Most people are as well, white
No matter what ethnic ancestry or shade their skin –
Bronze, mahogany, coal, pink, amber, steel, parchment,
Copper, rust, porcelain, tawny – all skin is the same white
All people host the same flesh, lurid red inside
Blue veins and damp bones
Yet each of us pale as a new moon
Bleached shells, dried sticks, or wheat chaff
We blanch at the power of the man in black, woman in red
We quail at the flash of emerald eyes, blaze of orange hair
Colors of tyrants graven on our skin, flayed by their
Power to make us quail and cringe, beg mercy, plead for
Peace from their attacks and swords, accusations and whips.
We fear the brightness of their teeth, the sheen of their lips,
Their veins pulsing, eyes bulging, mouth frothing
And the vivid color of their skin
When really they are also only white and transparent at that
Peel back your skin. I’ve already peeled mine.
Beneath the rind we are the same, pared and frail
Ashen and brittle, bloody and burning, gasping for breath
For reprieve from the power stolen from me by virtue of your
Skin that is nothing more than a bold liar and damn thief
You have no more color than I
We are just one – and white
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Comments on: "All the Colors of White" (4)
Only you could write an entire post on the color ‘white’. I get it though–powerfully, it is all colors mashed together.
And it’s really not about color at all, which is why “white” works. Thank you, Jacqui, for the thoughtful comment.
We are one, Shari. Amazingly good, my friend. xxx
Thanks, Audrey. Coming from you, high praise.