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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

Nights

Of 2 a.m. cries

Or dates that

Never appear

And later laugh





Of promise never meant to be

Kept

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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