This Shade of Blue

February 7, 2013


I don’t know what to do with this shade of blue. It’s sticky. It leeches to my fingers and now the cherries taste funny and I cannot eat them. Instead I eat this blue by the spoonful. It feels like cotton, like wool on my tongue and tastes like iron and honeysuckle: pain. My pain. Yours. It doesn’t fill my stomach but my chest. When I speak, a blue vapor escapes my lips and people look at me funny, as if they know. It is the blue of howl, dusk, a faucet dripping when you are too tired to turn it off. Concrete floors. Clouds. Collars. Creek. Echo. Funk. Somewhere, somewhere between a swell of ocean and the blue of lips. The seam of a uniform. Fading delphinium. Almost but not quite Parker’s bluebird, wavering along a minor chord. If I listen long enough it dissolves into a pale, pale grey, and thins, like a purse of lips, into grey lines that cage themselves around me. And I have only myself to blame.

Melissa I. Hassard


Recently accepted and published at vox poetica.  Thank you so very much, to Annmarie Lockhart of vox poetica.

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12 Comments on “This Shade of Blue”

  1. Romantic Dominant Says:

    If I listen long enough it dissolves into a pale, pale grey, and thins, like a purse of lips, into grey lines that cage themselves around me



  2. Sheryl Rider Says:

    Such exquisite sadness, breathtakingly beautiful, eerily calm in its hopelessness.

    My only wish is that everyone could hear the author read this poem as I have. It will break your heart.



  3. ramblingsfromamum Says:

    Exceptional Mel – thank you, I really loved it.


  4. Portia McCracken Says:

    Besides being an incredible person, a wonderful mom, an astute businesswoman, a cherished friend and a phenomenal poet, our gal Melissa is now a !published! all-of-the-above, turning pain into beauty.


  5. beebeesworld Says:

    Melissa, Im still here, I thought I had your email, but didnt-im not feeling well and having computer trouble. hang with me-i love your ideas and work. beebeesworld


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