A Colourful Life

A colourful life does
not mean that your
interests are focused
on colour and that you
find solace or solitude,
by colour,
pleasing to your eye.
Indeed, colour in this sense,
is used as a metaphor
and I will tell you why.

For it is, that each and
everyone, has a life that
is not clear cut or defined,
as being black and white
or with shades of grey.
We have life experiences
that are thrown at us,
to deal with,
come what may.

Life is not as sweet as
a bed of roses,
with ups and downs,
difficulties, troubles,
experiences not wanted
or bargained for in many
different guises or poses.

I for one, have not had
trouble free experiences
and I would bet a bottom
many a person would be
in the same bracket
or ilk.
Certainly not lily white
or unscathed in life,
pure as silk.

To lead or have experiences,
that are other than black or
complex, complicated and
of a mix of incidents,
involving eye brow raising
grief or strife,
is said of a person,
to have had a colourful

I liken this to a painting,
that one can look at and
form in the minds eye,
from the detail of coloured
imagery an opinion or
of a person looking in from
the outside,
at an aspect of a life,
that is you.
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Submitted by victor_j on October 12, 2012

Modified on March 20, 2023

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Victor Gatenby

My name is Victor John Gatenby, born in 1958 and native of North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. I am a researcher of genealogy and started to write poetry in 2002, after retiring from public service. Having a creative and compassionate mind, for helping people, that is in my scope to do, I find that by writing poetry, not only expresses my life thoughts, but I feel, gives meaning and inspiration to others. Whether it be fictional or based on fact, the poetry I write will always be read differently and have a differing meaning from one person to the next. My aim is to give a pleasure to the reader without the poetry being too complex or deep, so as not to be understood or enjoyed. Much of my poetry is based upon life events and perceptions. I find that works well and I can draw upon my own experiences, to put into poetry, a literary art form.Those that read my poetry, I hope gain something from it and enjoy reading the same. At the same time, I am committed to contributing to Poetry.com and it's community, by reading the work of other's and appropriately recording constructive criticism and rating work, without prejudice. I expect my work to be critiqued also with respect and common sense. I have a zero tolerant attitude towards any inappropriate work, words, remarks etc.V J Gatenby (Author) more…

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