Points to Life

If you look too close you won’t see it.

The chaos blurs the colors until they smear.

The green tshirt stained with tears from

red ringed brown eyes.

Tanned face flushed with sadness

then suddenly breaking into laughter.

Red dog, white dog, black dog and ‘houla dog.

Colors of joy, laughter, tears and fears

blend together in a mad life chaotic.

A life made of moments, points of life in the day.

Each one, alone, making little sense

but all together they make a life.

Living, loving, laughing, dreaming, fearing,

dancing, crying, hiding and playing with joy.

Fights and prayers blend together with

the colors of home, garden farm and life.

Each bit, lived fully, is whole and yet incomplete.

Together they create the wild impressionist painting

we call family, we call it us. We call it life.

Bright yellows, dull reds, a million greens and blues.

Birds, flowers, trucks and toys.

Sounds color it, tastes color it too.

A multidimensional place to call home.

It’s a chaotic place, wildly colored, splashing all over

nothing stays in the lines, in their place.

Over fences, under rails, through windows and doors

life overflows from moment to moment every day.

2011 Copyright Shanyn Silinski

Prompt from http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/



  1. Rinkly Rimes said,

    September 7, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I like the way you blur the actual (tears) with the view that we see, bringing extra life to the scene.

  2. Kay Davies said,

    September 7, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Your poem painted memories in my mind, half-forgotten impressions of times barely remembered but never forgotten.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

    • shanyns said,

      September 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      Kay – your comment is so poetic! Thank you for stopping by.

  3. Laurie Kolp said,

    September 7, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Shanyn~ This is a lovely, heartfelt piece with beautiful language and vivid images. Great picture, too. Thanks.

    • shanyns said,

      September 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      Laurie – my son and two of his dogs. Thanks for the comment and for coming by. Great to have you here.

  4. Old Raven said,

    September 8, 2011 at 2:20 am

    A vast array of color and expression … well done for the prompt! Which I might add I consider rather difficult.

    • shanyns said,

      September 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      Raven – *smiles* thank you for the love and the encouraging words! Great to see you here.

  5. September 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Oh, I think you nailed this challenge right here! So many facets to family life have been captured, and as I step back… I see the whole picture.

    Thank you for sharing your work on Real Toads.

    • shanyns said,

      September 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      Kerry – *smiles* thank you for the challenge and for stopping by. Your words encourage me and I’m so pleased to have found Real Toads.

  6. jinksy said,

    September 9, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Definitely a Picasso…

    • shanyns said,

      September 9, 2011 at 8:32 am

      Penny – thank you so much! And thanks for stopping by 🙂

  7. Mike Patrick said,

    September 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    A vivid painting of the commonplace that makes family. It is the observation of the tiny things, which make this so memorable. It brings back my memories of living on the farm in Missouri. From what you write, both places are very similar—I’ll stick with the Missouri winters though.

  8. shanyns said,

    September 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Mike – you may be wise sticking to the Missouri winters! Ours have their challenges for sure. I do miss the milder western winters at times as well. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments, your words are very encouraging.

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