I hear you calling
in shades of blue
from within a distance
my arm’s reach can never cover.

I hear you calling
in shades of blue,
your concern comes in currents
across the continents,
in those cold corners
when I question creation
and my position within it.

I hear you calling
in shades of blue
only one born to know no origins
can truly discern
in these days
that demand ties
that have not been well tethered.

All words and photographs by Damien B. Donnelly

11th poem for National Poetry Writing Month

Published by deuxiemepeau

Published poet, writer, baker and former fashion maker, with footprints in Paris, London and Amsterdam but currently back home in Dublin with sights aimed at leaving a mark on the West coast one clear fine day...

18 thoughts on “SHADES OF BLUE

    1. The photograph is from here in Paris, it’s a fountain at the end of Jardin du Luxembourg, it’s very beautiful.
      Well Joni’s Blue album of course has the song Little Green and this I guess is my version but from the child’s perspective this time. There’s a lot going on at the moment, a lot of voices, calls, whispers barely heard and decisions to be made about where my future lies and where my past began- great for poetic ramblings 🤭🤓🧐

      1. Oh my–sounds like you do have a lot going on. I’m sure the whispers will send you off on interesting journeys.

  1. The blue of distance and distant oceans. Yet our nationalist patriotic jingoistic poujadist sentiments are being played upon as we hoped would never happen again. We’re having to prove how ‘tethered’ we are.

    1. So true Jane, so much pressure being added, I liked a comment you made yesterday in response to a comment by someone else on your poem, something about us being too complex for our own good, or too inquisitive, I’m not sure how you put it but it was so true.

      1. I do think we should try to simplify, strip things back to the essentials. I’d be for keeping fierce hatred if we could have fierce love too.

  2. I thought of Joni too but also Mother Earth calling to us. Humans seem especially loosely tethered to her now, and it is not a good thing. (K)

  3. Shades of blue – all the distance it covers, from ocean to sky to deep space. It’s certainly a piece that makes one think, and that’s a good thing.

  4. I don’t think I’ll ever again be able to see shades of blue and not think of you, of loss, of distance. The concern you discern in the currents. Kay wrote a poem about the daughter she lost who eventually found her way back to her mum – it’s so beautiful. I’ve been thinking about asking her if I may share the poem on my blog but I’m conflicted about whether it’d be painful for those who haven’t enjoyed such a re-union. The actual feeling of it is so similar to what you express. If I thought it might be of encouragement, I’d ask her. Would you read it Dami, if I publish?

    1. Occasionally I turn the blue into something brighter, only on occasion though 🤭🤪
      I’d love to read Kay’s poem, without a doubt my dear. 🤗🤗

      1. Dami, Kay is pleased for me to share her poem and I feel very honoured. I was drawn back to your blue poem again while I ponder how to put the post together. Again I feel this deep synchronicity in your poems. My blog-friend Jodi has done a stunning watercolour of blue irises, really magic. I’m thinking of heading Kay’s poem with this beautiful pic. After the poem and a few words from Kay, I’m wondering if I may follow with your photo and poem (just as they are above – or with a few words from you if you’d like to?). I think it would work really well but it depends on how you feel about it.

      2. I am very happy for you to post the poem and trust you completely in how you choose to do it, anything I can do just let me know. big hugs

      3. I have all permissions and will work on the post during the day to publish tonight NZ-time. Kay explained in her email why the poem is special to her (about 50 words) and when I asked to share, she allowed me. If you’d like to write something to introduce your poem you’d be very welcome and it’s helpful for those who don’t know you. (You can use my email address or send via my Contact page). big hugs back

      4. Okay my dear, I will email you the background, i wasn’t good at keeping to the 50 words (sorry) but feel free to chop it down.

      5. Hahaha.. that sounds promising and I look forward so much to receiving your words. Big thanks!

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