I am painted in anger
The reds of blood
And blacks of death
War is inside me
Straining to get out

I am painted in sadness
The blues of despair
And the greens of pestilence
Grief is inside me
Leaking out the seams

I am painted in numbness
The whites of unfeeling
And greys of inaction
Emptiness is inside me
Spreading all throughout

The colors that define me
Are spilling out
I am enraged
I am broken
I am nothing

And I am terrified by what I see.

-- S.M.G., 16