Blue

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - HENNESSY NEW IRISH WRITING | JANUARY’SWINNINGEN­TRI - by MAJELLA KELLY

When I can’t find a noun for what you are to me, I think of how there was no word for blue in an­cient Greek. Was it sim­ply beyond de­scrip­tion or were they so ex­posed to the colour they be­came fa­tigued to it? Did they just iden­tify what was use­ful and dis­re­gard the rest? And are there other colours we haven’t found a name for yet? Like when I first went to in­tro­duce you and found I’d sailed beyond the wine-dark hori­zon of my lex­i­con. (The word Boyfriend must have got­ten set adrift some­where be­tween mid­dle-age and girl­hood.) This is my… lover, I said, but oth­ers got un­com­fort­able as if we’d taken all our clothes off. What can I say? Not part­ner, not oth­er­half. Not soul-mate, not ob­ject of af­fec­tion. Not knight in shin­ing ar­mour, not Prince Charm­ing. Not my dar­ling, my stud-muf­fin. Nor pump­kin, honey, sugar, sweetie-pie. This is my…cerulean, I’ll say, my sap­phire. He’s my cyan, my Aegean. You are mid­night, you are elec­tric. You are sky and sea to me and ev­ery other shade Homer had no name for be­tween vi­o­let and green.

Majella Kelly is from Tuam, Co Gal­way. Her po­etry has been widely pub­lished and placed in nu­mer­ous com­pe­ti­tions. She has re­cently re­ceived an MS tin Cre­ative Writ­ing from the Univer­sity of Ox­ford and is work­ing to­wards a first col­lec­tion. You can read more abouther­at­ma­jel­lakelly.com

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