Writing Catalog

Kaylin Rosler

Grade: 11

Bay Village High School

Instructor: Erin Beirne

Complex Color


Complex Color

I've always loved how feelings can be described in colors.
Mulberry melancholy,
crimson rage,
taffy-colored love.

I don't know if it's the same for everyone,
but I know that when I see a color,
I can think of a fitting emotion.

Buttermilk is comfort in its soft yellow.
Obsidian is a beautiful and rich night;
it spreads its wings with a welcome chill.
But soot and oil feel like an evening in the woods,
where owls hoot and sticks crack right behind you.
Chartreuse is a complex annoyance.
Navy, a bone-deep sadness.

And I love how they add depth to writing,
"She spoke with mulberry flashing through her words."
"His grin screamed out a crimson warning."
"They looked like taffy together."

I guess this leads to my need
for someone to describe me in color.
Is my personality wine or beige?
Do my eyes sparkle with playful-pastels?
And does my laugh send pangs of rose into your heart?