by Bryan Hector
The silence is black,
Veiling the room gloomy.
Jane whispers a joke
To whiten my spirit.
Red: Cheeks burning from the laughter like hot cocoa
Warm within your mouth.
Orange: The giggles subside. Memories of the joke
Keep you smiling, forgetting
Yellow: Shivers down the spine, clenched fists, sweat-strewn palms, eyes wide,
Lying in bed just
Green: Hidden wishes to be out the window,
Soaring on the clouds.
Blue: Hollow like the tree out back,
Mom, Dad, and Jane sit in the room.
Indigo: Droopy eyes, head down, apologizing for anything,
Begging not to leave yet.
Violet: The steam pressure uncorks from every pore
Like uncapping the radiator after driving.
My color fades,
Somewhere far away the sun shines.