When the Colours Run is a collection of 41 poems that speak to the human condition as well as the fragile state of the planet with a voice that is deeply personal, eclectic, and universally evocative. At times meditative and at times darkly humorous, the poems in this collection wrestle with the timeless questions each of us must walk with in some way throughout our lives: “who am I in this life?” and “what does it all mean?” Using the seasons of the earth in sometimes playful and often startling ways, as well as drawing on cycles of light and dark, the poems move from one season to the next, and illustrate how not only do we move through the seasons but the seasons also move through us. Are we listening? the collection asks of us. Are we listening to the earth’s stories, to how the forest heals itself, to how the stone knows about the rain, to how things sometimes break to become more whole? The poems in this collection talk about love and relationships, loss and grief, impermanence and transcendence and beg the reader to listen and listen well to the human heart, which is so deeply connected to the blooming and evolving patterns and cycles of the earth.
As Wang Fou has said, “If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself.”
When the Colours Run is an attempt to ring that bell, softly and not softly, the bell we have all heard somewhere at some time, perhaps deep in the night, as we waited, fervently, for the return of the light.