YU Observer December Poetry Feature: Revision

By: Amalya Teitelbaum  |  December 20, 2020

Knowing Color
By Amalya Teitelbaum, Social Media Manager

Each month, the YU Observer sends a call to YU students for poetry submissions following a specific theme. This month, the theme was “Revision”, and we are featuring Amalya Teitelbaum’s piece, “Knowing Color”. 

We think we know color
How could we not?
We have been taught since we were mere children
Roses are red
Violets are Blue
Green whispers in our ears as we dance through the forest
Black twirls around us as we look to the shimmering night sky
But our eyes deceive us
The brick walls to our world
We are frightened when we see black
Either skin or cloth
Redheads of course have wild untamed tempers
Whisper and tiptoe around them
Never hire a blonde
Ignorance surrounds them
Don’t trust someone with green eyes
For their trickery and mischief deceives you
These ideals fly through our heads when we step outside
In the back of our minds as we converse back and forth
But hold on
Where did these come from?
Was it us
Was it them?
Why do we separate ourselves
Flowers flourish together in harmony, red against green
A butterfly’s wings flit back and forth between black and yellow
Maybe we should take a step back and look at nature’s colors
Observe the harmony learn from the outside
Then maybe we will truly know color

Do you want to see your writing published? The theme for February’s poetry submissions is “Clarity”. Send all submissions to theyuobserver@gmail.com by February 4.