The Shady Side Of Grey

monochrome rainbow

Choices can be black or white

for each dog gets one day

Yes & No — both come to fight

the shady side of grey

Colours blend inside a rainbow

Flats and sharps are sublime

Every answer has a shadow

Close counts some of the time!

So make your rules with this in mind

remember who they’re for

Imperfekt humans halfway blind

will often choose the wrong door

If rules were meant to be broken

then fragile they must be

If your rules are measly tokens

you’ll not have my sympathy


If you encounter barricades

one or a dozen signs

critics who hinder accolades

battlefields strewn with mines

Or if you see


please read between the lies

and consider it a blessing

there’s truth in gray’s disguise

© Uncle Tree

Photograph by Benjamin D. Green


31 thoughts on “The Shady Side Of Grey

  1. Glad you like it, Ed!

    The lies are not a typo, even if it looks that way.
    If my golf ball comes to lie on the grey grass, I’m gonna smack it!
    Your putt is within the leather, so I’ll bless you with a gimmee.
    You can pick it up anytime now, friend.

    Read something into that, if you please.
    Un Fore!given Tree

  2. I wonder what the very, very rare Dana would make of gray 😉

    Ed Bellarmine, not necessarily the most sound! Marie Celeste….

    Hugs Tree 🙂

  3. I’m not sure of his age, Ed. Gray hair or grey hair, either way.

    Have you ever heard of “Just For Men”? Well, probably knot, dear Brit.
    It claims to color nothing but those guh, guh, guh…yeah,
    those silver-ish ones. I got a free sample in the mail. Dare I try it?

  4. I wondered why
    two spellings of grey

    I looked up the difference
    There was no difference

    So what was I looking up?

  5. Faith is when you don’t have a flashlight, a match, or your last cigarrette.
    Faith is a good thing.

  6. Have halo, will beam. Have aura, will glow.

    Have fast car, will smoke your butt.

    Have doubt, will doubt some more.
    Have faith, will continue to doubt.
    Have guru, will always question.

    Have a cigar, you’re gonna go far!
    Pink Floyd

  7. You are very welcome, Sherry!

    I’m glad you had your self a smile.
    Me, too. Amca Gurulestree

  8. I hope you get to feeling better soon, dear lady.
    Alive and well is a great place to be, just wish we could all stay
    there for a little longer. Some time in the shade will do you good.
    Throw a few rocks into the backwaters of the river here,
    and may your troubles sink fast and away from the current
    happenings that cling tightly to your heart. Hugz, UT

  9. If rules were ‘comfortably numb’
    then they wood probably bend without breaking
    a little easier — like I do. Well…most of the time that is.

    I’m glad you liked it, Bodhirose. Thank you for commenting!
    I could use a wee bit more of that potluck myself 😉 How ’bout you?

  10. Many rules can be bent without “breaking”.

    I’ll bet you have survived some pretty ferocious winds and have come through with barely a snapped twig. Although that must be painful when one of them snaps!

    I love your beautiful tree house–it looks very cozy. 🙂

  11. I’ve sorta had my toe roots stepped on a time or two
    if that’s what you mean, Bodhirose (like your name, btw).

    An artist living in Australia did UT’s house pic for me. I just told
    him I wanted my caricature incorporated into a tree and that’s what
    he came up with. He wanted to use it in his book, so he did as a barter
    dealy kinda thing. I got lucky. Glad you like it. I’ve never seen inside me. 🙂

  12. If only I had one of those x-ray machines…
    Glad you like the looks of my warm bodily home, Bodhirose.
    Sometimes I feel as if folks can see right through me. 🙂

  13. You could get someone to do a sonogram on you and then you could really get a good look at your “innards”!

    I would never peep in and look through you without being invited! 🙂

  14. Well then, Bodhirose, you are officially invited to come and take a look.
    But hey! If you’re a psychic, you can probably see me from there!
    Nothin’ but pith and sap for innards, I’m a guessin’. Ucky… 😉

  15. Thank you for the invitation. No, not psychic–maybe more intuitive.

    I was just wondering how many “rings” old you might be–you’re looking pretty ancient! 🙂

    But trees look so very dignified when they’re ancient… wouldn’t you agree?

  16. So you think I look dignified? Why…thank you, B!
    I’m 52, which is like…25 in tree years. 🙂
    I have no credentials, as in, el zippo. I’ve worked
    in the same factory now for 33+ years. My daughter
    is 15, and my boy is 12 (started late, obviously).
    I don’t have “All The Time In The World” unfortunately.

    Weekends are better for getting out and commenting all over the place.
    Gosh, it seems like I’m making excuses. Hmmm…please excuse me.
    Yes, I love ancient trees — the older the better.

    Take care, be good, and stay cool, B! Your turn. 🙂 UT

  17. Well, if you’re only 25, you’re just a spring chicken in tree terms! Why, you’re just getting going–you’re barely over sapling stage!

    Another wonder–does it get tiresome having to stand in one place all the time…

    I have no credentials either–just having fun here. Thanks for playing along! 🙂 B

  18. Sooooo true! i don’t like grey/gray areas. it is what it is – black and white, good and evil, right and wrong – there is no blurring of my lines anymore. Maybe that comes with age and life lessons, lol. Peace 🙂

  19. I really like this! I can’t help but see the shades of gray on so many issues. . .so may things are complex. and subtle. And not easily grasped, nor lent to absolutes. Although I do believe in SOME absolutes! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!

  20. You’re welcome, Dixie! 🙂 Very nice to meet you!
    I’m glad you liked this. The comments are fun here.
    I absolutely love to play with words and rules and stuff.

    Thanks for chiming in! Peace, luvz, and hugz, Uncle Tree

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