Color in a Sea of Black and White by Melanie Browne

the toddler wants the umbrella,
the tiny red and white
Minnie Mouse Umbrella
but as rotten luck
would have it,
there is no tag
The cashier looks
in vain for some
sign of a price but
the momma says
awful ugly words,
we don’t need it,”
sparking fury
but also want,
so much want
Her want is her
whole world
“But I want it,”
she wails,
I want to help
but I am helpless
I also happen to know
how huge the store is
& that its not my place
to interfere in
the great Umbrella
I hear her wails
for hours in
my ears,
her want now
a spot of color in a
sea of
black and white


Melanie Browne is a poet and fiction writer living in Texas. She has poetry at Madswirl, Bad Acid Poetry, In Between Hangovers and the now defunct Dead Snakes. She spends too much time looking at ghost photos on EBay, reading Wikipedia articles on old west Outlaws, and cataloging her fears for future generations.


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