May's Poetry Contest Winner: To Laura who Taught me the Physics of Color

Posted by Cybil on May 1, 2018


Every month, Goodreads and the ¡POETRY! group host a poetry contest. It's a great way to discover and support the work of emerging poets. Join the ¡POETRY! group where you can vote to select the winning poem each month from among the finalists. Aspiring poets can also submit a poem for consideration.

Congratulations to Rose Boehm, who is our May winner with this poem:

To Laura who taught me the physics of color

by Rose Boehm

Colors are only the degree
of how much is being rejected.
You shimmered almost white
when you told me you’d be leaving.
White is supposed to reflect all colors
of the visible spectrum of light.

Said you felt drained by my
needs. Called me a black hole.
Said I absorbed, absorbed, absorbed.
I was black, sly, silent, deadly.

With as much honesty I can muster,
I can’t say I received anything from you.
Colors need a sender, and a receiver.
My receptors remained empty.

Like a child I expected rainbows
and refractions. Fata Morganas
and other phenomena.

Colors exist in tangible objects.
Your lips reflect the specific
wavelength of red.

Perhaps you were right.
My black is becoming blacker.
Taking, consuming, increasing absence.
Diminishing all that was.



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message 1: by Jan (new)

Jan Beautiful poem, well deserved win, Rose! Congratulations!!!


message 2: by Darrel (new)

Darrel Hofland wow, this is dark and bright at the same time.


message 3: by Jamal (new)

Jamal Uddin Nice timely verse on physics and social interaction of colour.Congratulations.


message 4: by Brianna (new)

Brianna Woah. That's deep. It's just deep enough where I can't decide if I like it...or i don't.....this poem makes me think!!!


message 5: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Congratulations Rose.


message 6: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Pratt It is a well structured and deep poem. I really like the first 4 verses.


Beatrice Longbottom Beautiful!


message 8: by Meg (new)

Meg Congratulations! Great poem there


message 9: by Neerja (new)

Neerja Joshi Congratulations Rose :) Indeed a beautiful poem :)


message 10: by Marta (new)

Marta I liked this very much!


message 11: by Kate (new)

Kate Loved this poem, congratulations on the win!


message 12: by Reuben (new)

Reuben Armstrong Yes good job I will enter soon


message 13: by Reuben (new)

Reuben Armstrong Brovo rose a very lovely poem


message 14: by Judi (new)

Judi Easley Wonderful poem! Kudos! I love it when the woman who is left remains strong after the relationship.


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