On the Persistence of Color as a Way of Seeing the World

JPHD_1996_DC_CropFour
Less than fifty years ago it would have been illegal
for me to marry the woman I’m married to
in the state where I now live.
I didn’t know this until
I was an adult,
until I was old enough to start a family,
but young enough to understand
like a child remembering last winter’s stinging cold
during the slow burn of summer
that it was not
all that long ago.
Anyone who questions
the stubbornness
of my memory knows nothing
about the force of the wind
lifting dead leaves
in the last days of autumn,
nor understands the slow passage
of time when you’re standing
on the edge of town
in the late evening light
seeing the world
in vivid, living color.

-Jose Padua

The photograph of Jose Padua and Heather Davis was taken in 1996.

Advertisements

3 responses to “On the Persistence of Color as a Way of Seeing the World

  1. I remind those in-laws of mine who seem a bit vacant as to my ‘militant’ approach to things racial that I could not have married their daughter/niece/cousin until after 1967’s Loving case.

  2. shenandoahbreakdown

    And it’s not like there isn’t still a lot of work to be done…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s