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nancy devine

Color Blind

Sometimes the trope of indigo
works well in a dream:
the sky falls, 
the night is a dark mood,
the girl sleeps, 
secrets dissolve
in the water under her tongue.

Or the ocean confides
its envy to a lake
who fell deep in
a river once, carving its
initial all the way to the sea.

Even the trees' shadows in the snow
fit as lock into bolt or ball and joint.

Yet, look how we catch ourselves
reminiscing about the panoply of yellow
our sweet cousin kept on a shelf 
near her sleep.
The soft gray she picked for
the soffits?
There's how we let the work out:
the windows,
lift their shades. 

Nancy Devine teaches high school English in Grand Forks, North Dakota where she lives. She is the writer-in-residence for the Red River Valley Writing Project, a local site of the National Writing Project. Her poetry, short fiction and essays have appeared in online and print journals.