Breaking Down Colors
The poem begins:
Blue, yellow, green
are the colors that are seen
through young eyes
until innocence dies
and we learn what
Black and White
Blue , yellow, and green are a few of the main colors that we are learned in the early years of our development. During this time, a child’s main concern is just to have fun. As we grow older and become more aware; we start to learn the differences between boys and girls, black and white, etc. Thus, the innocence of being young begins to end once we realize that our experiences are based on our skin tone.
Imagination no longer fed
Green eyed monsters
This portion of the poem touches again on the loss of childhood innocence and how certain colors begin to have different meanings.
Blue lights = police car
Yellow tape= crime scene
Green eyed monsters= greed / jealousy
Faded rainbows and starless nights
Gunshots and endless fright
For a lot of minorities, happily ever after ends around second or third grade. There aren’t any rainbows and white picked fences. It’s the realization of gunshots and having to watch your back.
All the colors start to blend
Until they see the color of my skin
This line sums it up what it means to be black in today’s society. It doesn’t matter if an African American jay walks or is president of the United States, they will judge by the color of their skin instead of the merits of their character.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think of of the poem. What is your interpretation of it?