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Connie Wanek - Coloring Book

Each picture is heartbreakingly banal,
a kitten and a ball of yarn,
a dog and bone.
The paper is cheap, easily torn.
A coloring book's authority is derived
from its heavy black lines
as unalterable as the ten commandments
within which minor decisions are possible:
the dog black and white,
the kitten gray.
Under the picture we find a few words,
a title, perhaps a narrative,
a psalm or sermon.
But nowhere do we come upon
a blank page where we might justify
the careless way we scribbled
when we were tired and sad
and could bear no more.

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Poet: Connie Wanek
Poem: Coloring Book
Poem of the Day: Mar 17 2017

Comment 2 of 2, added on June 1st, 2007 at 7:47 AM.

sounds like something for inspiration! I need to figure what it means and why it was written for a project and I have til June 7th so any help between now and June 7th will be appreciated thanks!

Comment 1 of 2, added on January 13th, 2007 at 4:48 AM.

It seems like a prison for inspiration this coloring book, but there is a lot of memories in it, and the childhood learns imagination through this prison and learns to grow up....It seems to me that this coloring book is a step towards poetry....

yann rolland from France

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