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Colors of Life and Death

Updated on November 10, 2015
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Silva has a background as a technical writer and in addition to how-to articles she writes about cooking, travel, and personal experiences.

An ode to the spectacular colors we generate as we flow through life, colors visible from Heaven


Our lives are played out in colors of life and death. When the gods look down from Mt. Olympus and see our lives, what exactly do they see? They see:

Our spirits floating down a river
In waters peaceful and turbulent.
The banks are towering vertical rock;
We tumble in unstopping current.

A river of narrow threads
And wide ribbons of fabulous light;
Delicate iridescent rose and lime,
Aubergine, lilac and heavenly white.

Passionate red, tangerine, copper;
Dramatic, shining, dark and devout.
Pure metallic gold, silver and bronze
Hologram glitter scattered randomly throughout.

Amethyst spirits, topaz, and scarlet,
Celestial blue, indigo, aquamarine,
Amber, saffron, cinnabar, sapphire,
Shot with black and Caribbean green.

Among the beauty, dangerous places,
Dark waters treacherous with damaging yield.
Wars great ugly rents in the spirit tapestry,
Generations pass before they are healed.

Spirits linger in calm and placid pools,
Then glide straight as an arrow down the middle,
Buffeted and spun and slammed into rocks,
We are flung from the edge back into life’s great riddle.

We die. Our light flares briefly, then dims,
And our spirit sinks to the bottom of the river of life,
And slowly tumbles to the sea where we nourish great mother earth.
Until then, our spirit sleeps, sediment untroubled by turmoil and strife.

Our spirit river is visible from far out in space.
For the most part, our colors please the gods that be.
They are entertained by the play and contrast
Of spectacular colors we generate as we live wild and free.

The gods are repulsed by discord and disharmony
Projected by thugs, despots and criminals led astray,
But the gods do nothing to change the course of events;
They simply watch the show of lights and then turn away.

They have many other amusements.


Tao can be thought of the flow of the universe , and is often described as similar to water. Like water, Tao is endlessly self-replenishing, soft and quiet but immensely powerful. Much of Taoist philosophy centers on the cyclical continuity of the natural world and its contrast to the linear, goal-oriented actions of human beings.

Treasure simplicity
See beauty
Love peace
Be patient
Be gentle
Be happy
Be true
Be still

"And I'll see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that's why I love you
So don't be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbow"

"True Colors"(Tom Kelly, Billy Steinberg)


“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Robert F. Kennedy

“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

 The sea! The sea! The open sea!
The blue, The fish, The ever free!
~ Bryan W. Procter 1837


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      Silva Hayes 4 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Lovely comment; I'm glad you stopped by.

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      Sondra Rochelle 4 years ago from USA

      This made me feel as though I was going with the flow. Beautiful ideas written in beautiful words. Thank you.

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      Silva Hayes 6 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Seeker7, I somehow missed replying to your comment. Thanks so much for stopping by and I appreciate your sharing with your friends. Thanks again!

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      Silva Hayes 6 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Troy, thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      Troyangeluk 6 years ago from UK

      amazing writing :) I love this, very out there, thanks for sharing keep up this great work

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      This is beuatiful. I read it a few times just for the sheer enjoyment. I have bookmarked as a favourite. I hope you don't mind me sharing your work, but I've tweeted this to a couple of friends of mine who love this. Many thanks for sharing.

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      Silva Hayes 7 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Thank you for your comment, dear optiMYSTIC.

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      optiMYSTIC 7 years ago

      You never cease to amaze me. I loved this piece.

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      Silva Hayes 7 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Thank you, Stars. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Nice hub. Very good writer. Merry Christmas.

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      Silva Hayes 7 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Thanks for your comment, suziecat7. This came to me last Saturday like a vision. I was still in bed, at 6:30 a.m., enjoying that it was the first day of Christmas vacation and that for the next two weeks I wouldn't have to get up in the dark and take the granddaughters to school. I relaxed and closed my eyes and these wide ribbons of fabulous color began flowing before my closed eyes like a movie, all moving from left to right. It seemed to last for an hour and knowledge just seeped into my brain about what I was seeing. Then it began to fade and I heard a far-away voice say "Study the Tao." It was so strange; I barely had an idea of what Tao was about. So I did a lot of reading on the web about it and plan to study more. Fascinating philosophy.

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Lots of stuff here. I'll have to read it again. Nice flowing words. I enjoyed this.