Longlisted Poem 2014

Martha Boyd

St John Fisher Catholic High School, Harrogate

The Bleakest Shade of News

Red rose to your cheeks in its typical rosy way
When you saw me for the very first time
From then it had been decided: we’d always be together
Our hearts had already started to beat out the same rhyme

Orange Converse seemed appropriate when your birthday came around
You wore an expression of delight; looked a bit of a goof
Said “These are the best things anyone’s ever bought me”
And wore them every day since, as if I needed proof

‘Yellow Moon’ characters, that was me and you
‘Cept we were on the run from the everyday, the conventional way
‘Cause life’s too short to fill it with work
and live only for payday

Green’s now overcome me,
It’s the only colour I can think in
It’s the pigment of panic combined with the fizz of fear
Which present themselves as tinnitus, an unavoidable din

Blue’s braided into your being;
finality’s frosted your lips tight,
so I’m told;
I cannot help but question, how hard did you fight?

In I go, in vain I enter
Hoping that I’m not just left with your name in black and white
– But my bravery’s blighted when I’m met
By a violet version of you.  They were right.
© Martha Boyd

Project Details

  • Date February 10, 2015
  • Tags 2014 News - Longlisted Poems