Saturday, August 25, 2012

What is Grey? From Hailstones and Halibut Bones

What is Grey?

Gray is the color of an elephant
And a mouse
And a falling-apart house.
It’s fog and smog,
Fine print and lint,
It’s a hush and
The bubbling of oatmeal mush.
Tiredness and oysters
Both are gray.

Smoke swirls
And grandmother curls.
So are some spring coats
And nannygoats.
Eagles are gray
And a rainy day
The sad look of a slum
And chewing gum
Wood ash and linen crash.
Pussywillow are gray
In a vevety way.
Suits, shoes
And Bad news,
Beggars’ hats
And alley cats
Skin of a mole
And a worn slipper sole.
Content is gray
And sleepiness, too
They wear gray suede gloves
When they’re touching you…

Hailstones and Halibut Bones: Adventures in Color (1961)  By Mary O'Neill, Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard. Doubleday & Company, NY 

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