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somewhere twixt black and white in the land of gray...

by Sandy M. Humphrey

i dwell in the gray area
half dark/half light
somewhere between the white and black of it all
where the lines tend to fade
color or absence there of
begins to blend

days spent in darkness give way to nights bright lights
or vice versa for the story changes over the years
i let you see what i wish you to know
let my demons hide in the void
out in front all my angels dance in joyous radiance

me, myself I am half shade/half illumination
my face a mere reflection of what or who
i believe you need me to be
the details tend to blur when you live in fog
unforgettable/forgivably formidable

possessing chameleon properties
now you see me
now you know me
now you don’t
know who
i am


be you


Author's Note: If everything is subjective is there really a black or white, a right or wrong or are we all gray dwellers...smh

Posted on 08/24/2008
Copyright © 2023 Sandy M. Humphrey

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 08/24/08 at 01:26 AM

I really like how the concept here becomes a blending of not only colors but also "you and me". "forgivably formidable" is an intriguing word combination.

Posted by George Hoerner on 08/24/08 at 01:44 AM

This wonderfully well done! As I love Billy Joel's song "The Stranger", I believe this truly reflects where most of us are. We hide the stranger in ourselves, sometimes even to ourselves. I think the longer one lives the more we see of the other side. But some still prefer to see only their side of what they call reality.

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 08/24/08 at 03:40 PM

...smh, myDear in one pome, one line you sum up the "why" i majored in Psychology, a big touche on the poetics...it is! it is allll gray/grey...we all do this, yet you write as though you're carrying the world's load...keen, my'lady...

Posted by Brian Francis on 08/26/08 at 04:22 AM

Well said!! and that shade of grey is simply relative to perception and the personal code of the individual. Good write. --bf

Posted by Glenn Currier on 08/18/09 at 07:30 PM

I agree with Charlie... it is allll gray.... You in your I-ness-poet photograph human distinctness and make it stand out from the fog. You find ?I and Thou" in a simply stunning way.

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