read by peter bloxsom
My father had a taste for black with brown:
they crisscrossed on his favourite slipover;
his slacks were soot or charcoal, breezing down
to meet his burnt-sienna shoes and cover
socks whose stripes went black brown black brown black.
My mother frowned; I can’t recall him once
in blue and green (her biggest no-no). Back
in those cancelled days she also looked askance
at black with navy, brown with any blue.
I never learned what colour shoes would pass
with a navy suit. Who cares? You disapprove
of blue teamed up with green? To hell with you.
Tell that, one fine day, to the years-long grass
that covers their bones, and to the sky above.
© Katarzyna Wojdak 'Avari'
Color Coordination was first published in 2008 in 'Hand Luggage Only,' the anthology of shortlisted entries to the International Sonnet Competition organised by Open Poetry Ltd.
Peter Bloxsom is an Australian writer with a sideline in web development — or is it the other way around? He edits 14 by 14, the lean sonnet zine, and is co-editor of The Chimaera. He has had technical and fiction books published as well as feature articles and poems, but has started much more than he’s finished, and finished much more than he’s tried to publish. He was First Prize winner in the recent inaugural Soundzine contest.