What is Gray?

What is Gray? By Mary O’Neil

Gray is the color
of an elephant and a mouse
and a falling apart house.
it’s fog and smog,
fine print and lint,
it’s a hush and
the bubbling of oatmeal mush.
Tiredness and oysters,
both are gray,
smoke swirls and
grandmother curls.
So are some spring coats and nannygoats.
Eagles are gray
and a rainy day
the sad look of a slum
and chewing gum
Wood ash and linen crash.
Pussywillows are gray
in a velvety way.
Suits, shoes and
bad news,
beggars’ hats and alley cats,
Skin of a mole
and a worn slipper sole.
Content is gray
and sleepiness, too
they wear gray suede gloves
when they’re touching you…

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What is Gray?

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