Our Masterpiece 


Will you paint me a picture?

Give me red first. Like lust. Then love, and sometimes anger, but always finish with love again. Orange for pumpkins during our favorite season, Detroit Tigers, and the street cone I tossed out of our nineteenth-floor window. Show me yellow like the sun at Coney Island and the hair of the first little girl I wanted to have. Green like the lawn I prayed we would one day own, and I suppose your favorite football team, too. Blues like the ocean in St. Thomas and tears I’ve cried, both good and bad. Purple for the flowers you bought me that one year.

Remember those?

Shadow and shade the death and sadness, because our lives have had that, too.

And please don’t forget gold for the ring that sparkles on my finger, and white for the dress the day I said, “I do”.

Baby? Paint our picture of forever.

Photo courtesy of Morgan Sessions/Unsplash.

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16 thoughts on “Our Masterpiece 

  1. Your writing is also a masterpiece, Danielle.

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  2. This gave me chills. The short 1 sentence paragraphs work as a great frame around the description of the colors.

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    1. Thank you so much, Ellen! I’m glad you liked it.


  3. I like how you acknowledged the dark parts of the painting in the otherwise cheerful piece.

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  4. Really a masterpiece!

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  5. This was just beautiful, D! I loved the large paragraph in the midst of the sentence-long ones to highlight all of the elements of the masterpiece.

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  6. Great imagery, especially with yellow. I want to know why a traffic cone was thrown out a window! And I liked how the meaning of “baby” changed at the end.

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    1. Honestly we were young and stupid. I wanted to see if it would bounce.

      It didn’t.


  7. A lovely love story woven into a brief rainbow of colors. The theme carried through beautifully.

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  9. I love the way you describe the ups and downs of life in such a beautiful way!

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