Growing Up in Colour: Maurice Devitt

Growing Up in Colour: Maurice Devitt

Growing Up in Colour


We argued

was grey really light black

or dark white? It didn’t matter,

either way you wanted red,

the colour of a dress

you had seen

on the back of The Bunty

when you were ten,

cut out with precision

and a blunt scissors.


The uniform chaos

of your teenage years,

lost in a sea of slate

and beige, brightened

with a sneak of lipstick

for the short walk home

and later your first tattoo,

a small red heart

waiting for a name.

About the author

Maurice Devitt

In 2016 Maurice was selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series and shortlisted for the Listowel Poetry Collection Competition. Winner of the Trocaire/Poetry Ireland Competition in 2015, he has been placed or shortlisted in many competitions including the Patrick Kavanagh Award, Over the Edge New Writer Competition, Cuirt New Writing Award and the Doire Press International Chapbook Competition. A guest poet at the ‘Poets in Transylvania’ festival in 2015, he has had poems published in various journals in Ireland, England, Scotland, the US, Mexico, Romania, India and Australia, is curator of the Irish Centre for Poetry Studies site and a founder member of the Hibernian Writers’ Group.

One Response to Growing Up in Colour: Maurice Devitt

  • Red | Sixteen Magazine

    […] Maurice Devitt is this month’s featured poet with his poem, Growing Up in Colour, a lovely take on childhood through to teenage years before hinting at the loss of innocence. The colour red sparks up through the beiges, greys and dark whites cleverly throughout the poem. Read the Poem Here. […]

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