Brave Paint

Brave Paint

The rainbow colors are bright,

With cheer and smile

Frothy drams of pleasure

War paint is dark, dense, deep

Deadly in desire

But what of brave paint?

Daring paint

The artistic color

The prisms of expression

Colors burst from daring

From determination

From declarations

Of  me

And of you

each worthy of uncasing

An artists’s palette

Perhaps patterns

Or dancing objects

Of high beams of boldness

Bursts of excited exclamation

Taste those colors

Hear their sounds of laughter

Exuberance, explosion,

And capture

Brave paint

Cannot be purchased

In a store

Or from a website

Only by days and


Of 2 a.m. cries

Or dates that

Never appear

And later laugh

Of promise never meant to be


of love never answered

Brave paint is a badge of honor

Of beauty like

No others can proclaim

Tom Squitieri

Tom Squitieri is a three-time winner each of the Overseas Press Club and White House Correspondents’ Association awards for his work as a war correspondent. He reported from all seven continents, always writing as a voice for the voiceless. His writing and reporting have been published in an array of newspapers and magazines. Tom has taken his love of storytelling to poetry. His poetry has appeared in The Raven’s Perch, No Strings Attached, Style Sonata and The Griffin’s Inkpot.

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