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  • Anthony Maraboli

Black is the most giving color

A piano’s glossy finish reflects her passion.

While a dead phone screen reflects regret.

Black is the coal miner’s fuel, to provide a family sustenance.

While draped in onyx and jade, black provides a gilded shield from life.

Notes on sheet music sing and sway.

While calculators compute a cold display.

Black suits caged to conformity.

But a biker's leather jacket frees to fly.

Black crowns the newborn’s tuft of hair, marking life’s initial breath.

Until a casket's edge marks the end in death.

Our black canvas gives itself to elevate light.

As stars are only visible at night.


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