Synesthesia – by Ann E. Wallace

I was thinking about hungry birds
and spring and the returned fever
of my daughter but these things
do not inspire hope
so her sister suggests music
and plays a song
she says is orange and pink
and sounds like a painting
and now I know
we both hear color
and texture
when others are stuck
listening for the words.

Ann WallaceAnn E. Wallace, a poet and essayist from Jersey City, New Jersey, is author of the poetry collection Counting by Sevens(Main Street Rag). She has published work in Huffington Post, Wordgathering, Halfway Down the Stairs, Snapdragonand many other journals. Follow her on Twitter @annwlace409 and Instagram @AnnWallace409, or read her work at