Friday, February 7, 2014

Into The Rainbow

Come out, come out, whoever you are….

He hears the song of no more closets,
but once a secret steps out into a rainbow
bigotry swoops to deface colors.

He doesn’t know if he’s brave enough
to open a door to sticks and stones
or ride a merry go round of spears.

Love shouldn’t have to wear armor to show affection.


©Susie Clevenger 2014

At Real Toads Marian offered the work of Laurie Anderson as inspiration.

10 comments:

Steve Green said...

Your last line puts a beautiful rainbow ribbon on the poem

Love the last line

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Today is a great day to write a poem about rainbows, given all the hoo-ha about Sochi. Yay, Susie! "Love shouldnt have to wear armor to show affection." Says it all.

Sam Edge Author said...

great poem very powerful - an anti bullying anthem

steph said...

Indeed.. love shouldn't have to wear armor. No one should live in a closet. Breaks my heart, the lack of acceptance and tolerance that some endure. We should all speak out against it.

Kerry O'Connor said...

That last line is amazing. I like the way you have amalgamated nursery rhymes into your piece and given them an immediate social context.

Grace said...

I love that last line, Susie ~ In love, there's no need to wear an armor, we should show our rainbow colors freely ~

Marian said...

so dark, as it often can be inside a rainbow.
xo Susie.

Ella said...

I love how you beautifully enchant us to your message. Powerful and well done!

Susan said...

Again. Crisp and clear. The colors of the rainbow without bigotry.

grapeling said...

watching the men's skating competition at Sochi, I can only imagine what some of those young men face ~