Poetry: "Dreaming in Color" By Arlene Antoinette

Dreaming in Color
By Arlene Antoinette

His porcelain white back rest
on my dark caramel legs. With
a quick motion he is up straddling
me, reverse Indian style. Face
to face our lips connecting, white
to caramel. 
The colors don’t mix, 
our skins refusing to bleed their
pigments into each other.
He sees my frown, kisses my brow
my cheeks and my lips. Honey, don’t
worry. Someday we’ll have a baby
we’ll blend then; a beautiful mocha
baby girl. 

Image by Chloe Glass

Image by Chloe Glass

A mocha latte, his favorite drink and
his idea of the perfect coloring of our
children. He laughs and I join him.
I don’t tell him it will never be.
I don’t confess that a botched abortion
left me sterile at eighteen. I don’t say
that our colors will never blend. No mocha. 
No cinnamon. No nutmeg colored offspring
to cuddle, kiss or name.
He places his arms around me and I stifle
the truth as I fall into that sweet spot on his
chest. I close my eyes and bury my face
not wanting to lock eyes with him and I
wait for our dreaming in color to end.

Arlene Antoinette is a writer from Florida.

"I am a woman, born in the West Indies and brought up in New York City. I am a daughter, sister, friend, teacher, helper, believer, music lover, democrat with liberal tendencies. I am a writer because life experiences need to be shared with others and word of mouth goes only so far. I also write as a way to purge my emotions. Writing equals freedom for me. When I write I am no longer contained in this restrictive body, I become free (through my words) to touch everyone who reads my work. I become a part of their consciousness (even if only for a short period of time). I become more than I can be as a physical being."

On Their Work:

"The poems that I've submitted are a composite of the lives of different women. When I write I draw from the life experiences of myself and those who have overlapped my path in my walk through this life. Shared experiences bring us together as, women, as people, as humans."

On Female Creators:

"Women/girls need to know that we have a voice that needs to be heard. We are valuable members of society and we should know that the written word sometimes holds more power than the spoken word. Women/girls have to know that nothing changes if it only remains a thought."

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