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Hue of Blue - Flavia Rocha Loures

There is dense silence in the air tonight,

a certain kind of sadness I know all too well.

It shines bright

through cloudy eyes;

squeezes my heart tight, this

Schiele-like melancholy I

cannot dispel.

I can only type these words and pray

that they vibrate, reverberate and disperse

the lingering grief in my chest.

I thus put to test, with zest, this random verse;

forego a type of happiness I could never have,

for I will not yearn for what others possess.

I am not one to dwell in acrimony’s hell,

as I travel along an adventurous mischievous path.

It may be lonely at times, often bumpy;

then again so fun and melodically loud

when I wander in awe amidst the crowd.

Still this poignant, hardly stagnant, bittersweet paracosm is mine

I have been writing and living it line by line,

through beauty, in liberty, and

now and again, inexorably,

before poetry comes to my rescue,

that certain, all too familiar,

haunting, humming, heady

hue of blue.


Flavia Rocha Loures is a Brazilian poet and environmental attorney. She has been writing

since the age of 11, and published her first poetry book in 2010, with pieces in both Portuguese and English. Throughout her life, she has felt compelled to seek, write and share poetry. In her works, the author attempts to recreate her small, intimate cosmos, only to, paradoxically, leave it wide open for others to explore.

She now lives in Xiamen, China, where she has been organising the Xiamen Poetry Spree event series since September 2015 – a space where poets and poetry lovers come together to share and rejoice in the power of words.

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