Some Poems I Wrote at Vanderbilt Summer Academy

The title says it all. I wrote these at a Summer School at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and I want to share them with the world. :)


3. All You Have Left is Gray

The scuffmarks on the stone gray surface,

Black and blue like a bruise on the wall,

Freely colors the gray.


They drive to the rug that looks like a rainbow;

The red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet

Light is absorbed.


The rug is no longer gray.

 It is a mixture of emotions

That the scuffmarks must feel from being so close to freedom,


The windows you stare at all day mock the marks,

Making them feel like just a bruise,

Creating a window bully and a scuffmark victim.


The mocking continues –

The scuff marks are so close to smashing those windows,

But can’t because only humans have that ability.


The door next to the windows is open,

But humans do not want them to leave;

Then the classroom has less character


Because when the snaky scuffmarks

Leave the absorbed contrasting light,

And the rug, all you have left is



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