Balance of Color

“We paint our world in shades of expectations and dreams.”

“My dreams. Society’s expectations.”

“It’s a balance.”

I look again at the black and white. Will some color to bleed onto the print.



This was written for this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge: We were to write to a photo prompt in thirty-three words. The image may be found here:



20 thoughts on “Balance of Color

  1. Your successful capture of thoughts, emotions, struggles, ideals and concepts in such succinct poetry continues to amaze and impress me. Very nice.

    • Thanks, Kymm. Glad you liked it! I love black and white, but I do also like that idea of her trying to see color in the photograph.

  2. My dreams – society’s expectations. Gave me much to think about with your verb “bleed.” Sometimes we bleed in B&W and wish for color. Brilliant.

  3. Love this, Kelly! Such a great snapshot of that struggle between dreams and expectations. And I love that last line. Beautifully done!

    P.S. Has anyone mentioned that your link on Trifecta takes us to Eloise Gramine instead of this page?

    • Thanks so much, Suzanne! I appreciate your reading. And, no. No one has mentioned it. I’ll see if I can get Trifecta to fix. Thanks for letting me know.

  4. Lots of wonderful language theoughout this story. I like how you talk about balance and do so by providing balanced, opposing points of view. And, as well, leave it to you to work colour into this black and white photo. A very fresh take on this prompt. As always, extremely well-written, Kelly.

  5. Mmm, lovely! The whole conversation has a kind of dreaminess to it. I love the idea of trying to find color somewhere along the spectrum of black and white, and if it can’t be found, to infuse it.

  6. If you’re ever wondering how good you are, you can refer back to this post. The post you linked incorrectly. The post that we all went digging through your blog for, because we knew it would be worth the effort. Thanks for linking up. This is lovely.

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