The Colour of Me. A poem by Ivanka Fear

The Colour of Me 

The  identity spectrum...

I am woman
still sporting traditional pink
I am mother
shedding crystal clear tears of joy
I am immigrant
blue collar background
I am teacher 
white collar dream
I am Canadian
waving the red and white
I am alone
feeling blue

I am only human
hiding the black and blue bruises
disguising the fading brown scars
staunching the red flowing from my wounds
covering up my yellow belly
stifling the green monster
sifting through the grey of my existence
looking for a silver lining through rose-coloured glasses
chasing rainbows

just like everyone else

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Ivanka Fear is a former teacher pursuing her passion for writing. She resides in Ontario, Canada, with her family and the stray cats that wander in. Her poems and stories appear in Last Leaves Literary, Analogies and Allegories, The Mark Literary Review, Dead Fern Press, Defenestration, Autumn House Review, South Shore Review, Black Moon, Red Alder Review, eucalyptus and rose, and elsewhere. You can read more about her at and follow her on Twitter @FearIvanka or Instagram @ivankafearwriter.

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Published by darcie friesen hossack

Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie's first novel, Stillwater, will be released in the spring of 2023. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

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