She lived in a world of Grey,
An unfeeling pace
Ruled by traditions and law.
There were no smiles, no tears,
No hopes or dreams or fears,
Only daily ritual carried out
By individuals who never spoke
Except to give orders.
And no one ever knew anything different,
They just accepted their lives
And never understood
When she couldn’t.
She lived in peace but felt that
Something was missing.
She didn’t know what she was longing for
But she never gave up hope
That she would discover it someday.
One day a visitor from the land of Colour
Wandered through the Realm of Grey.
The people ran in terror
Except for the girl.
When she saw him she felt Warmth
Spread through her bones,
And she smiled.
The villagers locked her up
Because no one ever smiled;
She had done the unthinkable,
Broken the conformity.
Then she felt Cold unlike
Anything she’d ever imagined,
And she wept
Because now she finally knew
What she was missing.
And the Grey that had seemed so dull
After she had seen the traveller
Returned to the same Grey she’d always known
And she forgot what Warmth was.
She began to lose hope
That life could ever change.
She had seen,
And had been denied.
It was not simple ignorance.
So she finally prepared to accept her life
For the first time ever.
That was when the visitor returned
Meaning to rescue her.
But she was blinded by his Colour
And fled from the intense Heat
That she had longed for before;
She would not survive being denied again.
And he nearly left a second time,
But then he remembered the joy
He’d seen in her before,
And the icy glares the villagers had given her.
He wept for what they must have done to her
And refused to let them win.
He followed her everywhere
Despite the deadly arrows they shot at him
Until she finally stopped running
And came to him.
He took her hand
And before they could be separated again
Lead her to the lands of Colour.