NaPoWriMo 2019: Day 16

Today’s prompt: “write a poem that uses the form of a list to defamiliarize the mundane.” (

The Color of the Universe

I am the rainbowed refraction of light through the gaseous clouds that are the birthplace of the heavens.

I am the twisted distortion that your mind cannot comprehend on the precipice of the event horizon of a black hole.

I am the streaming embers of celestial destruction.

I am the ruddy reds, explosive yellows, and majestic blues of stars.

I am the violent flash of novae, the blinding brightness of pulsars.

I am the muted, dull shades of rocky worlds and the iridescent glow of gas giants.

I am the scintillating palette which bursts forth from life-bearing planets.

I am the swirl of galaxies, the chaotic mixture of all the hues that exist.

I am the Light that blazes to oppose the Darkness.

I am the color of the Universe.

I am Beige!


(Inspired by this post:

2 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo 2019: Day 16

    1. Thank you! Confession: I actually wrote this piece a couple of years ago but I keep coming back and tweaking it. I read this prompt and couldn’t resist using it: this is the first time I feel like I’ve found the right home for it.

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