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Black and White

White dazzles my inner divide,
Black thrown in with my unruly side,
My parents wave me a lingering goodbye,
They have always nurtured my childlike soul,
As I try to fly from my warm nest,
To accomplish and try to be the best,
In a world full of colour so bold,
I'm painted black and white,
Standing out for all the wrong reasons,
I dare to fight,
I always daydream in multicolour scenes of joy,
Living is a struggle with silent screams of turmoil,
Stirring the concoction to the boil,
As i listen to remarks that stick permanently,
I try and climb to a great height,
To discover a view, that I can never see,
I bounce back into a fantasy of nature holding my hand,
Accepting my limitations,
Tasting the sweet prospect of finding words a sensation,
Black and white finds the curious light,
That shimmers with substance and dances across the page in ink,
I cross a a wide bridge that is my link,
To dissolving the empty divide,
Like the certainty of the incoming tide.

Submitted: Saturday, December 07, 2013
Edited: Saturday, December 07, 2013


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  • Marie Shine (4/13/2014 5:18:00 AM)

    As an innocent facing a difficult, sometimes cruel world, leaving the family nest for the first time, with a lack of experience, you have, through excellent word choice, conveyed feelings of natural curiosity, desire for independence and a strong desire to do your best. The world at first may appear to be black and white, but soon, one sees that there are many other variants of both colours also, in every day life. I love how when things get tough, you seek solace in Mother Nature, that is truly the answer. A child-like soul needs Mother Nature always! So many will, I know, identify with the feelings and thoughts expressed in this superbly inked write, Hazel. Experience teaches us... Getting that experience is not an easy task! Beautiful work from your golden poetic pen! Thank you for sharing. Blessings always...

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  • Marie Shine (4/13/2014 5:18:00 AM)

    As an innocent facing a difficult, sometimes cruel world, leaving the family nest for the first time, with a lack of experience, you have, through excellent word choice, conveyed feelings of natural curiosity, desire for independence and a strong desire to do your best. The world at first may appear to be black and white, but soon, one sees that there are many other variants of both colours also, in every day life. I love how when things get tough, you seek solace in Mother Nature, that is truly the answer. A child-like soul needs Mother Nature always! So many will, I know, identify with the feelings and thoughts expressed in this superbly inked write, Hazel. Experience teaches us... Getting that experience is not an easy task! Beautiful work from your golden poetic pen! Thank you for sharing. Blessings always...

  • Yash Shinde (4/4/2014 10:31:00 PM)

    White dazzles my inner divide,
    Black thrown in with my unruly side, .....................yin-yang, the fusion of male-female elements is a part of human soul.............besides such eye-opening facts, this poem also contains multitude of inspirational quotes- -I try and climb to a great height,
    To discover a view, that I can never see, ....wonderful write Hazel............

  • Ed Nigma (1/14/2014 5:37:00 PM)

    I like the duality here in the black and white. Like the Yin Yang. Interestingly enough many people have forgotten that light was birthed in chaos. So to be enlightened beyond what the mind thinks it can handle is to be blinded by a light never allowed to look upon the face of chaos again.

    When the light becomes blinding it's time to close ones eyes and use their imagination.

  • Kanav Justa (1/13/2014 11:56:00 PM)

    love this write, , , , ,

    I try and climb to a great height,
    To discover a view, that I can never see,

  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (12/27/2013 6:40:00 AM)

    Creative and colorful poem in a black and white world!

  • Sally Plumb Plumb (12/21/2013 2:18:00 AM)

    All sorts of adventurous greys in the black and white divide.

  • Geetha Jayakumar (12/12/2013 10:52:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem once again Hazel. Life always comes in multiple colours. Beautiful way you have portrayed life in black and white. Loved the way you presented it.

  • Ramesh Rai (12/10/2013 11:25:00 AM)

    It can not be defined as perfect expression of emotion unless getting a poetic shape. but gradually it increases in colorful way and try to fly from its warm nest as a baby chirping bird as well also try to climb a great height. you have painted the whole write with colorful ink with different aspects of life. In true sense so far i find it is one of your best philosophical write.In the concluding para as you have written, 'black and white finds curious light'. In nature sunray also starts with two colours n subsequenly form a spectrum. similarly your thought is making spectrum of your emotion. As the grt poet Robert Frost has said, when emotion gets thoughts and thoughts get word a poetry is formed. if it is sktched in a graph chart it can be observed that scale has gone upwrd. your overall poetic life has climbed in the same manner which is now able to face the high thought touches the shore of life. Congrt my friend Hazel for such wonderful achievement. keep rise unless touches the max. height to the best of your satisfaction.

  • Khairul Ahsan (12/10/2013 9:36:00 AM)

    'White dazzles my inner divide,
    Black thrown in with my unruly side, '
    This is a dazzling start given to the poem.

    'In a world full of colour so bold,
    I'm painted black and white,
    Standing out for all the wrong reasons,
    I dare to fight, '
    This needs courage and you seem to have that.

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