Daily Prompt: Local Color

Daily Prompt: Local Color

 Imagine we lived in a world that’s all of a sudden devoid of color, but where you’re given the option to have just one object keep its original hue. Which object (and which color) would that be?


The war of ’83. That’s when it happened. That’s when the world went grey. I was only 8 years old when it happened. Neither side ever admitted to causing it. It could have been us, but I don’t want to believe that. I want to think it was them. A lot of people gave up when it happened. The fighting just sort of petered out. It was almost like we all lost our motivation along with our colors.

There are still a few of us left who remember the yellow and orange tints that painted a sunset, and the color of a green field. I know, yellow, orange, green are terms you don’t understand. They are abstract concepts to you, but not to me. I can tell you the names of those old colors but I can’t show you. They simply don’t exist anymore. But the effects might be wearing off. Whatever happened might be reversing itself.

Look out there. Look at the sea. Does it look a bit different to you? Yeah, it’s still mostly grey but even in the old days there were times when the sea was grey. So look at the sea and then look at the sand or the sky and trees. See the difference? The difference is color. In the old days we called that color blue. I think that the sea is turning blue again. Keep watching it. It might take years but when it comes back there will be an abundance of different shades of blue. What you see now is only the tip of the iceberg. There are enough variations of blue that it will take your breath away. Cornflower blue, cerulean blue, cobalt blue, turquoise, and cyan, these are just a few of the shades that existed and perhaps will exist again. Like I said, keep your eyes on the sea. Watch it change. It’s coming back.

And if the color of the sea is coming back it will be only a matter of time before the other colors return as well because the sea contained all colors. Watch the sea. It’s going to be the game changer.

If Ben was going to allow me to choose one thing that would retain its color I would choose the sea because the sea is all colors at one point or another. And if the sea can change everything else should follow suit.


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5 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Local Color

  1. Love this! Love the story, the reason you give for the loss of colour, the reference to colours as abstracts the listener can’t understand and especially your description of the sea showing hints of blue. Wonderful! Also, it reminds me I wrote a poem about the colour blue a year or so ago…

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