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red is a power color.
red is stoplights, anger. rage.
red is my nose when i cry about my parents.

“women are more attractive to men
when they wear red,” he says once
so you cut yourself

because red is blood

and when he ignores the bandages, you say,
“no. look what i did.
look what i did for you.”

but he doesn’t fall in love with you
and

red is the scream that
comes out of your mouth.

--

blue is the veins under your skin and
blue is depression that tells you to slice them
open.

blue is the weeks you spend after him
and blue is the great, wide sky above you,
trying to remind you that the rest of the world
is still waiting.

--

your brother says he’s looking for the light
at the end of the tunnel
but the world is full of light.

(you would know. we can hardly see the stars
because of it.)

the world is not full of you
so you try.

black is what surrounds him
and black is burns
and you’ve been burned, scalded
so you blend in.

you’re background noise.

your yelling is drowned by others, yelling at him.
drowned by his own yelling.

so black is a barrel of a gun.
so black is a funeral casket.
so black is your mascara running, your dress.

black is your mother’s pupils. (not that you’d know.

she refuses to look at you.)
You could say I have a slight obsession with the significance of color.
Yeah, "slight."

Sorry for the unannounced hiatus. And yes, I promise once my writing schedule calms down I'll start submitting these to a shitload of groups again. That just takes a lot of effort and hey, novels don't get to be 345 pages in length without a little sacrifice.

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DailyLitDeviations Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013

Your wonderful literary work has been chosen to be featured by DailyLitDeviations and has been selected as our “Pick of the Day”. It is featured in a news article here: dailylitdeviations.deviantart.…  and on our main page.



Keep writing and keep creating.

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:iconcolbalt-rain:
colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013   Writer
Oh wow. That's too kind of you. :blush: Thank you so much!
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haphazardmelody Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is incredibly powerful. I don't even have the words. :heart:

(Might I also suggest a mature content warning? I feel as though this might be a little triggering to someone who self harms.)
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:iconcolbalt-rain:
colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013   Writer
If I get a message from somebody stated they were triggered, I'll put one up.

And thank you. :)
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TheTimeVortex Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god...
This needs to be given a medal. It's so amazing, and emotional and....
I can't even.
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:iconcolbalt-rain:
colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013   Writer
:huggle: Thank you.
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TheTimeVortex Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course!
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blubbityblub Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
fucking beautiful. 
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:iconcolbalt-rain:
colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013   Writer
:heart: Thank you!
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:iconakkajess:
akkajess Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student Writer
Hello! :wave:
Your lovely work has been featured here.
:heart:
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:iconcolbalt-rain:
colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Writer
:la: That's so sweet, thank yooou!
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:iconmaxxtoron:
MaxxToron Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That was truly beautiful. C'est magnifique, mademoiselle. It made me feel cold and almost broken inside, like your powerful words shattered my soul. I don't see how you live from day to day with that kind of pain in your heart. 


You also reminded me of this song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Uj9sd…


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:iconcolbalt-rain:
colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Writer
I LOVE THE ROLLING STONES.
And thank you so much. I survive by writing; it's probably been the biggest helper in my life. :love:
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:iconmaxxtoron:
MaxxToron Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Writing can do incredible things. 
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Squiddy-chan Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Very powerful. I can relate to this, in a way. Colour stands for quite a lot of real things for me, too. I love the ending. 
Another wonderful piece.
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:iconcolbalt-rain:
colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Writer
Thank you so much! :D
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Squiddy-chan Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
You're very welcome~ Huggle! 
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UntamedUnwanted Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
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:iconcolbalt-rain:
colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Writer
Wow, thank you so very much! :blush:
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Fresh-T Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
I always look to your poetry when I need some cheering up!
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:iconcolbalt-rain:
colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Writer
That's very refreshing to hear. Thank you. :D
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svenspade09 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013

Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough, You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it. James Barrie

 

Wishes and hopes are all we have some times so stay strong and remember that maybe tomorrow will be easier and if not you have friends here so come hide and forget for awhile.

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murderousArtiest Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just... wow:happybounce: Hug 
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:iconcolbalt-rain:
colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Writer
:huggle:
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BreeBree135 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Though depressing as it may be, it's really creative, powerful, descriptive, and unique. ^_^
Great job!! n.n :hug:
Sadly, people do feel this pain, more often than we may realize... :heart:

It inspires me to write about colors that go along with a dreamer's emotions but with a more soft, lighter perspective. :)
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:iconcolbalt-rain:
colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Writer
Colors are a great metaphor, I've found. I love using them as themes in all of my stories. :heart:
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:iconbreebree135:
BreeBree135 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's sweet!! :tighthug:
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yo1000 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
thats sad but why do people cut themselves i just don't get it no matter how hard it gets just be brave
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:iconcolbalt-rain:
colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Writer
I've never cut myself, but from what I understand people who self-harm are trying to excite a response within themselves because it's the only way they can regain control over their chaotic lives.
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X-Demii Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
People cut themselves for a variety of reasons and they may be unique to the individual. Also, being brave often is a lot easier said than done. 
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yo1000 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
ya it is then maybe they should write it in a book or telling someone that should help
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curly-rock-ofAges Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student Photographer
Color has always been compared to human emotions... It's OK to be obsessed with it! :)
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:iconcolbalt-rain:
colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Writer
*aggressively obsesses over colors*
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curly-rock-ofAges Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Student Photographer
:D
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chromeantennae Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent. :love:
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Writer
Thank you!!
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chromeantennae Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My pleasure!
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Teirra-Misaki Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Student General Artist

amazing

I tried doing a color poem once, but I never finished it cause when I was in the middle of it I got some, well.....some mind-stopping news. its been difficult to write anything that's not about what happened either. but im glad that theres someone who had the same general idea as me so I could see a poem that's waay better than mine would've been, had I actually finished it

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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Writer
I had at least four drafts of this before I managed to get it right. :) It just takes patience.
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HazyDreamerNeko Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
I loveeee this~~~ 
It's fantastic I love how you capture the emotions so well and you choose my three favorite colors with my favorite imagery~
(red blood, blue sky, and black funeral casket ><)
So yes, I have an obsession with colors too and its great to see you put it to words xD I will anticipate your next upload *w*
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Writer
:love: I'll be posting something new soon. A lot more personal than this.
And thank you!
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HazyDreamerNeko Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
you are always welcome! ^^
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Rema-Alkhany Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Scientific beautiful poem,thanks
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Writer
:huggle:
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MisfitableGrae Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013   Writer
I feel like this is one of your best pieces. Definitely one of my favorites. I never really comment on your work but I do like it. There are certain sections that I really love that make the favorite worth it even if there's one or two I don't understand. You're very good with endings. You're just very good. I don't think you should feel like you have to submit to "a shitload of groups" because this writing is beautiful and I hope you know that.
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Writer
Thank you! :heart:
And I do know it. :meow: I just like to get it out there as much as possible. I live for feedback.
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DearyEm Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Poignant, sensory, and raw. Left a stale, coppery, taste in my mouth. Beautifully executed work!
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Writer
Thank you so much!
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AJ-Dion Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is brilliant.  I totally have seen the blue.  So freaky to see you capture this so well.  Amazing piece.  Well done.  :-)
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colbalt-rain Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013   Writer
Thank you very much. :love:
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