Shades of Grey

back and forth frantic the silver wires curling around the head in what could have been an angel’s halo but now not when the lights hit it more wires to string a bird on than anything heavenly she stalks the lawns in grey to accentuate the hair she no more colours though half hoping that she looks good not grandmother
on the heels of three score ten more to countdown before the final silence
cowdust floating
the scent of sunlit romance wiped clean
ashes of roses

the man went long ago helpless as ever with her face on his heart and his hand in another’s tied to the duty of endless days
the old slip-ons, his first home and child.
though he noted the hair in a flash encounter and his eyes leapt to tug its strings and tie them together again but nothing happened of course – nothing could happen

Billowing clouds gather above
a turbulent grey. cresting a skyscraper
fifty shades of twilight

grey for the dusty parchment of her hair for that palimpsest of life and loves half erased scribbled over, the messages in dim fragments, solitary words by themselves with no meaning
spanish gris
grisaille graffiti
Like the swirl of a warm cloak at midnight – enveloping and mysterious
Smoky like the deep, mysterious alleyway shadows cast on even the brightest days for lovers to hide inside
In some lights dull, deception, glaucous
in her grey silk she stalks the evening the wings of poetry beating in her heart


Artwork © Dr. Regina Valluzzi.

Artwork © Dr. Regina Valluzzi.


Anjana Basu is a writer based in Calcutta. She has 5 novels, a book of short stories and two anthologies of poetry to her credit.

Art can illuminate even the most elusive and difficult to comprehend ideas. Visual rules and tightly codified visual metaphors help scientists communicate complex ideas mostly amongst themselves, but they can also become barriers to new ideas and insights. Dr. Regina Valluzzi’s images are abstracted and diverged from the typical rules and symbols of scientific illustration and visualization; they provide an accessible window into the world of science for both scientists and non-scientists.