My palette

Kelli Sheckler-Amsden
2 min readMay 19, 2021
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I felt neutral till you saw me

I was empty and void of a shade

A chameleon of sorts visually unseen

My true beauty, was yet to be displayed

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At least that’s how I saw my reflection

I know now that wasn’t true

Pain and grief bore truth in conception

When my true colors came shining through

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I was blue when my heart was broken

black and red when I fought for my pride

Green and yellow when my truths were spoken

Pink and cream as I healed inside

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A variety of feelings surround me

I have an abundance of laughter and joy

Where I once felt completely unseen

Colors of the rainbow are now mine to employ

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I discovered that I am amazing

I am strong and I’m able to love

what once I thought would destroy me

Instead made it clear, that I’m enough

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These colors now serve as my armor

Symbolizing a victory of sorts

Worn proudly as a bright badge of honor

Proof of passage, a treasured passport

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With the lessons I’ve learned I am able

To help others find their colors too

I use my strengths to heal and enable

Those who are struggling to improve

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My heart now beats red with compassion

Blue for others consumed in their hurt

Purple with purpose and elation

when I can help someone else from the dirt

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What do you see when you look at me now

Do you see all my colors displayed

I am an array of different emotions

A vast Collection of strength on a page

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What I have to offer is special

My experiences make me unique

I can help change my world around me

I need only to stand up and speak

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No more waiting on someone to tell me

What my colors are or what they can do

I have all I need to begin and reveal

Bringing my palette in view

Originally published at https://vocal.media.

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