Black and White Make Gray

The prompt at dVerse Poets Pub today is to write a poem about the colors black and white. Here’s what I came up with.

Black and White Make Gray

When we were young
everything was black and white
We saw the world as dark or light
Decisions were wrong or right

Now we are older
everything has blurred to gray
We are afraid to join the fray
Choosing to wait ’til another day

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.

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  1. So true…and yet…I have worked with many very open minded preschoolers. Maybe we start out grey! It was a nice change to read a rhyming poem tonight. 🙂 Great job.

  2. But even if we’re afraid to join in the fray there’s no denying that we are all in this great battlefield together that is called life. The fear is constant today & even tomorrow but eventually we will all learn to find the courage it takes to fight for this one precious life. Thanks for the poem!

  3. Ah.. yes i say..
    embrace all the shades
    of grey and colors of life..
    as God is an artist without
    boundaries
    of
    brush
    or
    strokes..
    infinity of all
    as one way
    of light
    and dark..
    in ALLways ONE..
    never alone.. for those
    who sing a song of ALL..:)

  4. The ignorance & impatience & short attention spans of youth can be understood, even forgiven–but the ultra-conservative far-to-the-right KKK John Birchers amongst us are perfect examples of inability to probe, to investigate life, science, & spirituality–& speaking only for myself, their actions & views are not forgivable or acceptable.

  5. Much truth in this poem….and you are right – there are still black and whites among the greys. The greys do seem to add contrast and depth but I think you and I both know there is One that will never fade to grey. Good take on this prompt and the rhymes in it add to it.

  6. This is so true, Linda. As we mature, we become more cautious in our judgements and hopefully kinder too. Claudia could not have expressed my feelings about this.

  7. As we grow older, I find that there are more shades rather than black or white ~ I think we need to find our own stance, color & perspective, given that everything seems convoluted and mixed up now ~

    Thanks for linking up with D’verse ~

  8. So very true, Linda. In childhood right was right and wrong was wrong; and we knew which was which because our parents told us so. Smiles. As adults we realize that the world operates much more in shades of gray & our decision making is much harder than it was in days of our naive youth.

  9. I think our fears do keep us from going to extremes. And you know what happens to luk warm as well. I think that is why you see more people joining extremist groups and the younger generations leaving the church. They want something with conviction, and sadly many of our churches have become so luke warm.

    • I see what black and white remains, but the question is do I want to take a stand on my view of black and white? Sometimes the answer is yes, sometimes it’s no.

  10. i think the older we get the more we realize how complex situations can be… i’m not for watering things down but i’m all for looking at things from different angles and for trying to see all the shades of a situation or a person

    • I agree. Some things are still black and white for me, but the older I get the shorter the list gets. And experience can so affect perception that it’s good to try to step into another’s shoes sometimes.

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