A Chapter by Debbie Barry

A poem about right and wrong.




March 25, 1991

Black and white,
Wrong and right,
Evil and good,
Are not.

Gray alone,
Can be.

When I was a child
I knew that right was right.
I knew that good was good.
The world was black and white.

Now I am grown,
And I have learned
That there are shades of gray
In every aspect of every day.

No more the battle
Of dark and light -
No more the clear-cut line
To show the way.

The world exists in shades of gray,
Where right and wrong combine,
To give us choices in our lives,
To make us grow in wisdom.

© 2017 Debbie Barry

Author's Note

Debbie Barry
I wrote this when I was 22. Initial reactions welcome.

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Debbie Barry
Debbie Barry

Clarkston, MI

I live with my husband in southeastern Michigan with our two cats, Mister and Goblin. We enjoy exploring history through French and Indian War re-enactment and through medieval re-enactment in the So.. more..