Shades of Grey

They’re placed together 

like a still life by Morandi, 

opaque vessels drably clad in multiple shades of grey.

I would have preferred the bottles shiny and green,

like the ten that once stood on a wall

and dazzled the sunlight with their emerald and leaf.

And the little jug should stand in brown and homely contrast,

though terracotta has a certain cool.

But style is important

and pots in shades of grey have a certain elegance,

but, it’s eloquence they lack.

Greyness doesn’t speak in colour

doesn’t sing or paint a picture,

so I know

it may be no accident

if they fall.


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