A Gray World

What’s right and what’s wrong?

What’s been found moral?

What is immoral?

Your brush paints in black,

And in strokes of white.

But where do you live?

Not in the real world,

Where rarely is seen,

Just the black and white.

What is seen out here,

In this, the real world,

Are many shades of gray.




About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on February 12, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. This really makes me think of a Stephen Crane poem that I read last year.
    I thoroughly enjoy the way that you write, you have such a wonderful, simple, yet visceral elegance to your words. It’s nice. It’s like reading butter.

  2. The human condition doesn’t have to make sense, life is not the subject of art, unfortunately it’s not even a reflection
    Color divides us,and it ………..

    • I agree, Sheldon. We’re in the dark relatively often or at the very least not seeing clearly. It can keep us on our toes and it can make life a whole lot more interesting.

  3. Life is too hard to make sense of *sigh*

  4. Smart..very sharp

  5. So essential. I was touched by the straightforward honest and neat lines.
    And thank you for your visit. I really like your work.

  6. Cheesecake on a Diet

    I love this!

  7. Life is a full spectrum of colors some of then bright others opaque but nonetheless they all make us what we are…

  8. Hi John, agree with ur post (again XD), it’s funny when there’s actually no specific standard about what’s right or wrong (relatively), what matter is the end-going of it, could it be resulted for a better best? or to a more-than-worst loss..

    The goal in deciding what to choose is always for the continuity of all earth’s population.. as long as each person, able to fully be responsible of the principle he chooses, connects with whatever it is he named as the Divine (aha!), and found his point of returning. then without even the need to judge others, even without the human race, everything is already fine as it is (likewise saying, let’s live in our own shell, share your blankets, watch football & share a nice cup of tea~!)

    • Provided we live as we wish, are provided the opportunity to live as we wish all while doing no harm to others, everything else will continue as normal. It’s the interference in our lives by self-appointed moral authorities that becomes the problem.

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