March 8, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

Fabrice Florin photo



Ben White




Coloring Book


After Tim Schumacher



What holds the colors together?

The Red; the White; the Blue?

School glue spilled with blood

Graduating into forever

With crayons traded for mud –

Or dust –

Or In God We Trust

Slogans of righteous hypocrisy

Where every box we see

Has eight choices

Or 64

Or 128

Or a magazine full

Of one decisive fate

Holding its true color

In the duller shades

Watching as truth fades

With each shell casing

Spinning; replacing

Coloring books ripped

With arms and legs tripped

By wires exploding

Unable to stay

Inside the lines

Of peace and decency.






Ben White

Author of the books, Buddha Bastinado Blues and The Kill Gene, Ben White thought he was a poet, only to find out he is not a poet at all. He is a witness. What he writes is testimony.

Editor review

1 Comment

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.