the rose vine – “The Color of Water”

“The Color of Water”

I coast through bands of muddy water,

a reddish swarm 



the instant motion ceased,

                                                            crossing both ends 

                                         of matter


movement isolated

in a drop of water,


                                                            animals naked

covering a space



water stained red


                                                ocean abounded

                                                with living



from the land

                                                narrow lines of water

            a bright red colour


            on              the discoloration

                                                                        of water spawn;


                                                the dark

and sinuous

                                    colour of being


a colour

the putrefying carcase


            no great distance


This is a found poem from Darwin’s The Voyage of The Beagle, which I don’t necessarily recommend reading, but if you want to you can here. That’s why color has a “u” in it. Also, if you want to try erasure poetry this is the site this poem originated from.

Ezra Rose (she/ they)

Hi, my name is Ezra Rose, I am gender fluid and nonbinary and my pronouns are primarily she/ they. I write a lot of poetry about my experiences and observations. I'm also a huge Joshua Jennifer Espinoza fan, and I would wholeheartedly recommend her poetry if you are interested in trans and nonbinary poets who have much more experience than me.

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