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I've Always Known (The Names of Colours)

Sally Delancy

It wasn’t the colour of tulips
littered along the jogging trail
their gangly bodies acquiescing to the wind.

Or the jumbo-sized crayon
our 3-year-old son matched
to the drawings of a fire truck,

eager scrawls slipping
much too far beyond the lines.

It wasn’t the colour of strawberries
nestled behind the patio – one more week
before they’re bred to wine.

Yet, like the signs that read, “Danger Ahead!”
when the middle of 10th & Park
caved into itself

& the poppy stains engraved on pinstripes –
when I’ve always worn
matte shades of pink.

Sally Delancy was born in Trinidad and is a member of the Circle of Poets of Trinidad and Tobago. Her poems have appeared in The Australia Times Poetry Magazine, Writers' Morning Out, Rise Up Review, Rigorous Magazine and The Wild Word magazine. Her passion lies in writing poetry and to accomplish this, she draws her inspiration from the world around her.

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