What Is Gray?

“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 nanny goats.

Eagles are gray and a rainy day

the sad look of a slum and chewing gum

Wood ash and linen crash.

Pussywillows are gray in a velvety 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.”
From Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O’Neill

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This grey morning…April 25th
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