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Coloring Book

Coloring Book

Each picture is heartbreakingly banal,
A kitten and a ball of yarn,
A dog and bone.
The paper is cheap, easily torn.
A coloring book’s authority is derived
From its heavy black lines
As unalterable as the ten commandments
Within which minor decisions are possible:
The dog black and white,
The kitten gray.
Under the picture we find a few words,
A title, perhaps a narrative,
A psalm or sermon.
But nowhere do we come upon
A blank page where we might justify
The careless way we scribbled
When we were tired and sad
And could bear no more.



Poem Coloring Book - Connie Wanek