Why blue?

I asked the Oracle, why so much blue? This is what she replied.



Joy is in colour,

the red of mornings,

the slow glint of silver fish scales in the stream,

ice dazzle, and the cool steel glitter of stars,

in the milky coffee of storm clouds

tinged with flame at sunset,


~but blue is day and night~


at the earth’s heart,

veining watercourses and dead marble,

filling the sky, pooling in cupped flowers;

it is the wild voices of the birds,

the colour of oceans, and, when we sleep,

of sailboats full of dreams.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

29 thoughts on “Why blue?”

    1. Thank you 🙂 I wondered whether she was going to answer. I used the poet set for a change and stared at the words for a while before I got anything—couldn’t see ‘blue’ or anything blue anywhere. She got around to it though later 🙂

  1. I like those sailboats full of dreams. In the world of fashion and textiles where I spent so many years, blue was always the best-selling color. Our subconscious knows. Joy is in color–yes. (K)

  2. You and the Oracle offer compelling reasoning for why blue. As the official color of day sky and night sky (clouds notwithstanding), blue’s a hugely vital part of our lives, especially of the lives of our perceptions.

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