Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Coloring Outside the Lines

In my head I paint a picture*
of how my life should be
who says what in this or that
situation... which never happens.

Anxiety forms a playground
where doubt and fear can spin
colors twirl and splash everywhere
a blob... no one understands.

Why worry about tomorrow
they say with nonchalance
you don't have to color
in the lines... let it go.

*from Amy Winehouse's "Valerie"

@laurie kolp

Prompt inspiration: d'Verse, Carry On Tuesday


Unknown said...

So sad. So much talent, gone so young.

WyomingDiva said...

"Let it go." Yes, indeed. Well written!

Unknown said...

Interesting take on this challenge to individuals.

Brian Miller said...

you know there are certain lines that are good to color in...and you can still be creative...

Scarlet said...

Indeed we should ~

Thanks ~

Tashtoo said...

Loved Amy's music, but hated watching her demise. Very sad, indeed. Rainbows know no borders, and I personally prefer it when the colours bleed :)

Whitesnake said...

RE: all the above comments!

Beachanny said...

I wish she'd gone to rehab and it worked, worked, worked. Her music was brilliant, her voice was thrilling, and she was a stoned mess. We always wonder about these kinds of genius. I think about Plath that way. Thanks for posting, Gay

RMP said...

coloring outside the lines is easier said then done; when anxiety spins everything out of control creating the perfect picture sometimes is all you have.

lovely poem!

Anonymous said...

A very poignant and thought-provoking poem on the vagaries of the artistic soul in all of us. Nicely done! I was inspired last night to write another poem about A.W. Thank you for sharing yours!


Uneven Stephen said...

Great write. I just love the second stanza, especially the line "Anxiety forms a playground". Beautiful imagery.

Pat Hatt said...

Wonderful tribute and yeah sad the price of so called fame sometimes.

Unknown said...

Very sad to watch lives burn out too quicly :(
"Anxiety forms a playground
where doubt and fear can spin" - so true.

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

no need to worry about tomorrow,

you deserve the best.