Taken By The Color

Taken by the Color

by Kelly Mastin

There on the homework so mundane,

My fingers pointing at the words we read,

I stop, surprised by what I see, sitting there in front of me.

There atop my hand, sits his.

Connected — mother and son are we.

But once again I am reminded. Once again I am surprised.

Can we be so different? My son so different from me?

My hand is pasty pale, but his is dark and brown.

Mine shines bright white, nearly pink,

While his is warm and brown.

How did I forget we were different? How could I be surprised?

I stare at our hands: So different. So diverse. So beautiful. So right.

And my heart interprets: It’s unity and sameness. It’s family and love.

Our hands tell our story — of adoption, redemption, and love.

I capture a mental snapshot of our hands there together.

Light and dark, white and brown –contrasting yet entwined.

Then, poof!  The flash of the bulb causes the clock to tick again.

And we’re back to doing homework, back to the mundane.

Back to being just my son and me.


11 responses to this post.

  1. That is a very sweet poem. I really like it! You are so eloquent! I love it!


  2. Wow. Thanks for sharing that. You continually surprise me with the way you capture our daily reality so beautifully.


  3. Posted by Mimi on February 16, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Love your poem! Love Paul’s response! Love you!


  4. Lovely~ my favorite!


  5. Posted by Audrey Haney on February 16, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Awesome poem. Thanks for sharing.


  6. Posted by Kyle Dubya on February 16, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    This is art, Kek! Gorgeous thoughts. KWM


  7. Posted by Adel Forsythe on February 17, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    This happens to me sometimes with my daughter too. I am brown and my daughter is a lighter shade of olive. Funny how it strikes you sometimes. Love that you can say it so poetically.


  8. Y’all are so sweet! Thanks for the nice comments. I was SOOO nervous about posting a poem — all new territory for me, really. You are so encouraging. 🙂


  9. Posted by Liesl Thompson Jones on February 29, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    You have such wonderful views and such a talent in finding the words beautifully to express them.


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