By Mayada Iskandar, Lebanon
International Institute of Akron


Black is the color behind my eyes
before I open them.
Now my life is full of colors.
Yellow, orange, and green. Spring nature’s rebirth, brown and grey
remind me of death absorbed by the Earth
that becomes the soil of life.
Blue changes my mood. The way my eyes change
after tears, sadness becoming happiness.
Red is attraction. Gold is life’s luxury.
Purple is flower perfume.
White is infinite and eternal.