The colours of Hope

Poem and artwork By Mabel Encinas-Sanchez

This poem explores the colours of horror and hope.

What colour is the brain

of the general that shouts ‘fire!’?

Why don’t bombs

simply implode?

What happens to rubble

that turns all colours into grey?

When someone’s heart is afraid of red,

are they running away from horror?

With so much grey and red,

why doesn’t history wear black?

But then, how green is a greenhorn

that has not grown a horn?

How much experience

kills the green in people?

And how many greys

kill all the greens?

How many questions

does a child in poverty have?

And what is the colour

of a blanket that hugs a refugee?

How come that in the midst of horror,

hope can feel like wearing flowers?

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