The colors in my heart


The colors in my heart
are blue and yellow,
purple and violet.
My happiness or sorrow,
sadness or delight
are never painted
black, white, or red.

When I see your dimple,
I feel purple.

When I read your text,
I feel violet.

When I hear your beautiful voice,
when I see your radiant face,
when my eyes meet your brown eyes,
when I taste your chocolate lips,
when I kiss your cute nose,
when I bite your pierced ears,
when I tease your soft soles,
I feel yellows.

And when my heart misses your presence,
when we fight and lose our minds,
when my soul cries,
I feel them blues!

The colors in my heart
are keepers of your sweet memories
like sepia tone photographs.

***

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43 thoughts on “The colors in my heart

  1. I feel Violet When i read your poems… lol.. Wonderful.. Magical words.. My first subscription ( I mean from now i would be notified of your new posts).. I have a question for you.. When you started writing?

    1. Oh, thank you so much, khushbu! πŸ™‚ You’re very kind! Am glad you enjoy my poems. And wow such nice compliments! That means a lot to me!! πŸ™‚

      When did I start writing? … lol tough one. I believe since elementary school. πŸ™‚ My dad was my inspiration. I remember in third grade or fourth, he wrote me this poem, that I took with me to school and read it to my classmates, every one loved it, and they thought I wrote it, and they made me read it to the entire school…the crowd exposure was so much fun. lol And then I thought if people enjoy what my dad wrote this much, then what would happen if I start writing my own? … I told my dad about it, he encouraged me to go for it. And I then forced myself to start writing my own poems with the help of my dad, and the support from classmates and teachers was overwhelming. πŸ™‚ But that was in Amharic, our official language. I started scribbling in English later on in High school, but I was just writing stories then. I began writing poems in English when I entered college, but I was never confident about it, still am, since English is not my native language. I began writing poems in English furiously this past summer; I told the insecurity in me to go to hell, and I let myself open up. πŸ™‚ I must say am quite overwhelmed with the support am getting from the wonderful readers like you! So thank you!! πŸ˜€ Btw I still write in Amharic, and it comes very natural to me, I’ve little to no insecurity about it, maybe because Ive done it for so long and the language is my mother tongue. πŸ™‚

      1. Wow :).. Now i wish i could read your Amharic writing.. But i guess it would take much time to understand Amharic ..:D

        I enjoy your English Writing πŸ™‚

        Cheers πŸ™‚ Elyas

      2. You can learn it Khushbu! πŸ™‚ … Amharic is a friendly language that can be picked within 3 to 4 months. πŸ™‚ I know a few foreigners who learned to speak and read it in less than a year, writing it could take longer. πŸ™‚ The alphabets are easy to memorize, their order is quite logical and easily learnable. Perhaps grammar would give you a hard time (eg Khushbu ate chapati .. is translated as Kushbu chapati belach, which if you translate it back to English, it literary means Kushbu chapati ate. lol It doesn’t follow the S-V-O structure of English, usually the order is S-O-V.) … πŸ™‚

        Thanks for your nice comments as always! πŸ™‚

      1. now whatever does that mean?!!!! “strawberry in yogurt” ….

        i hate yogurt. but i love strawberries πŸ˜€
        unless i am corrected, i am going to assume the world hates yogurt πŸ˜›

      2. Amira! lol … only if you knew how much I love yogurt! lol (especially the one made in Ethiopia! πŸ˜€ Too bad I can’t have that now here! :() … the one thing you would certainly find in my fridge is yogurt … whether strawberry or some kind of berry flavored .. πŸ˜€ … I also do my best to have ice cream (half-chocolate, half-vanilla is the usual suspect) around. πŸ˜€ … so you better take that compliment given how much am a yogurt addict! lol

      3. ok ok i get it. the world does not hate yogurt, it’s just the lone me πŸ˜›

        not just that – now i know Elyas Mulu Kiros absolutely loves yogurt, to the extent that the guy can live on them.
        but for the love of god!!! how does “strawberry in my yogurt” become a compliment to the STRAWBERRY when there is nothing more dear to the ME than yogurt!!!!???? πŸ˜€

        whatever it is, thank you πŸ™‚

      4. Oh well it looks like ive more explaining to do! LOL … I didnt mention I love Strawberry too … Now having yogurt on its own is one thing, but when you add strawberry to it, you have completely changed the situation for moi!! lol And that is why I said your comments are like the strawberry in my yogurt lol … i.e. their tastiness makes my motivation to write even more delicious. Now got it? πŸ˜€

      5. lol… i got it the first time around mon ami πŸ˜›
        a word of appreciation requires no explanation
        but a bit more discussion does help colour the senses
        senses of understanding, and appreciation of your surrounding πŸ˜€

        now, i change my offer:
        replace the “fresh coconut with a straw” and put in place
        “strawberry yogurt with extra strawberry toppings” … lol

      6. lol Amira … funny as hell!

        “but a bit more discussion does help colour the senses
        senses of understanding, and appreciation of your surrounding”

        iLike that! πŸ˜€

        “now, i change my offer:
        replace the β€œfresh coconut with a straw” and put in place
        β€œstrawberry yogurt with extra strawberry toppings” … lol”

        lol … pls dont change the offer. Why cant I have both? lol πŸ˜€

  2. Oh.. Then i guess i must start learning this language now.. and i am quite sure that you ll help me in learning.. πŸ˜€ lol.. unfortunately there is no google guide for Amharic language 😦
    Well, i would get an another google guide.. i hope so…..

    1. Here is for a starter, Khushbu:
      Recitation of the alphabets: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDoKd4zECOI
      An article on the alphabets, numbers, and punctuation marks: http://www.omniglot.com/writing/amharic.htm
      This one is for additional resources: http://ethiopia.limbo13.com/index.php/learning-amharic-free/
      Check out this link for Amharic basic course (prepared by Foreign Service Institute of the US Department of State), quite helpful, it uses latin fonts for the Amharic sounds, which I think is good for a new learner: http://fsi-language-courses.org/Content.php?page=Amharic πŸ™‚

      I surely will be glad to teach! πŸ˜€ That way you can teach me Hindi too lol

      1. Oops ! Sorry For late reply…

        Thank a ton Elyas for providing these useful links.. It would be damn easy now to learn a friendly language Amharic With a friendly guide(You).. lol… I think i should start learning by Jan 1 2012 :D…

        Sure, I would be pleasure to make you learn hindi.. πŸ˜€ ..

        Helping someone everyday makes the life enjoyable! Meaningful! Right!?

        Now its my turn to provide you some links … πŸ˜€ lol.. I would be doing it by tomorrow Elyas.. Thank you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      2. Not a problem at all, Khushbu! πŸ™‚ That sounds a very good New Year’s resolution to me! πŸ˜€ … And I will make learning Hindi my resolution. πŸ™‚

        Let me add this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWNBVdvLAPM … I watched this Amharic learner’s software demo, and the program seems very decent, and in fact, well organized. So once you are done with the free stuff online, you may consider getting this one. πŸ™‚ Or, here is a cool deal: find a good Hindi learner’s material like this program, and we exchange! lol … What do you say to that?? πŸ˜‰

  3. So many colors to match the many emotions we go through in life.

    really did enjoy this..

    Happy Holidays to you!!!
    -Lynne-

  4. I love color! Color has such an effect on us in so many ways. For instance, it makes the senses come alive.. In fact, I’m FEELING tickled pink about the whole thing. Thanks for a great post, Elyas!

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