Poetry: Blue by J.K. Allen

Today’s special feature is a short poem from one of our contributors, J.K. Allen. I love this idea of defining blue in her poetic way. Enjoy!

Julia AllenJ.K. Allen received her BA in Creative Writing and English from Michigan State University. She did her senior thesis in poetry under the tutelage of Diane Wakoski, but has been focused primarily on fiction as of late. Common writing themes that can be found in her work address identity and the type of strength that can be found in ordinary people. Julia is currently working on a Young Adult fiction novel and can be found at local cafes in her hometown when writing, and painting, drawing, or reading when not.

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blue nectar like oil drips across my skin
sullied, covered in chalky grime
I hear the grit between my teeth
as I bite through this silence
chew and mull over
the scent of my misery
the cloying decay of roses
I step across
but I cannot reach you

wallowing here in piles of blue leaves
I paint my body blue
azure, then indigo
muddled, the sharp smell of alcohol
cuts through the smoke and
the piano marches on
a funeral song
reminding me of you

I remember everything
but all that remains here
are the husks of my memories
burnt around the edges and crumbling into blue ash
and me
immune to the blue flame
but seared just the same
thinking of you

©2016 J.K. Allen

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A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is the Executive Creative Director of OWS Ink, LLC, a community for writers and readers alike. She loves a good thriller, fairies, things that go bump in the night, and sappy stories. When she is not writing, she can be found in Creative Cloud designing book covers and promotional graphics for authors.
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2 thoughts on “Poetry: Blue by J.K. Allen”

  1. Stephanie Ayers says:

    Julia, this really is breathtakingly beautiful. I will remember these lines for a very long time.

  2. Zahra Akbar says:

    beautifully penned

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