Rose Colored Glasses

We all have done it – at some times in our lives. We choose to believe what is not necessarily the truth and we hide behind rose colored glasses. Most of the time we do so really not knowing we are doing it, rose colored glasses become a way of protecting ourselves from the things that destroy or distort what our lives will or have become. Self-preservation is a huge part of the human condition and probably the most important. The reality of life is that sooner or later the rose colored glasses do come off and the truth of what they were hiding is exposed. When rose colored glasses come off and we set them aside is not the true measure of the person that is wearing them. The true measure is what we do with the truth and how we react to what the rose colored glasses were hiding. We either can’t handle the truth and we slowly put them back on, or we fold them up and put them in their case for another time.

 

“Rose Colored Glasses”
Sometimes we wear glasses the color of rose,
Our minds begin to hide things it already knows.

We wear the glasses the color of rose every once in a while,
For a minute, day, month, or year to make us smile.

We have visions, dreams, hopes and high ideals,
Harmony, joyful, rose colored glasses make us feel.

Much as it hurts the rose colored glasses off they come,
Without them reality makes us sad and sometimes numb.

Viewing life without the glasses the color of rose,
It isn’t always a fairy tale or like a moving picture show.

When the rose color glasses come off don’t feel jaded,
Just because your dreams, ambitions or love has faded.

Keep your dreams, hopes and spirit whenever in doubt,
Someday you may learn what rose colored glasses are all about.
By Kurt James

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Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With family roots in western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years Kurt naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt has become one of Colorado’s prominent nature photographer’s through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. His poetry has been featured in the Denver Post, PM Magazine and on 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. Kurt is also a feature writer for HubPages and Creative Exiles with the article’s focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L’Amour and Max Brand have formed Kurt’s natural ability as a storyteller. Kurt has published 5 novels all based in and around the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Using the Midnight Wind Publishing brand Kurt has also released a poetry collection - Poetry and Thoughts of a Wandering Man - (Uniquely Colorado edition) and now this collection - Poetry and Reflections of a Wandering Man (Random Thoughts edition) all are available in print or download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and other fine bookstores. And a few shady bookstores as well. Kurt is working on his 6th Colorado adventure tale novel “Conner’s Saga”.
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Kurt James

Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. With family roots in western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years Kurt naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt has become one of Colorado’s prominent nature photographer’s through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. His poetry has been featured in the Denver Post, PM Magazine and on 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado. Kurt is also a feature writer for HubPages and Creative Exiles with the article’s focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L’Amour and Max Brand have formed Kurt’s natural ability as a storyteller. Kurt has published 5 novels all based in and around the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Using the Midnight Wind Publishing brand Kurt has also released a poetry collection - Poetry and Thoughts of a Wandering Man - (Uniquely Colorado edition) and now this collection - Poetry and Reflections of a Wandering Man (Random Thoughts edition) all are available in print or download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and other fine bookstores. And a few shady bookstores as well. Kurt is working on his 6th Colorado adventure tale novel “Conner’s Saga”.

15 thoughts on “Rose Colored Glasses

  • March 4, 2017 at 6:34 PM
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    Nicely penned poem, Kurt. Yes, those rose colored glasses do cause some problems. It is easy to put them on, harder to put them away. Well done.

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    • March 4, 2017 at 8:54 PM
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      Seems like it has been to many times in my life Phyllis that I had such a pair of rose colored glasses on…

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        • March 5, 2017 at 2:12 AM
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          It does Phyllis, and thank you for letting me know…so I could re-visit

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  • March 4, 2017 at 7:20 PM
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    Well penned and true, delusion is a form of protection; to accept who we are, warts and all is not always easy. Nice work Kurt.

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    • March 4, 2017 at 8:55 PM
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      Nope, never easy and some never take them off.. thanks Tony.

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  • March 5, 2017 at 12:58 AM
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    Wonderful and most poignant. At times growing up I discovered that rose colored glasses were fine until I had to look at the reality.

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    • March 5, 2017 at 2:13 AM
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      many times in my life Rasma I found it difficult to face the reality of a problem, hence the poem “Rose Colored Glasses” Thank you for stopping by my campfire.

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  • March 8, 2017 at 5:49 AM
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    Very hard to face reality without those glasses. Many times it is easier to keep them on and continue living in a dreamscape. Good piece Kurt.~Paul

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    • March 8, 2017 at 6:42 PM
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      How true is that Paul! …thank you for stopping by my campfire.

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  • July 14, 2017 at 9:26 PM
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    Rose colored glasses seem to easily hide those parts of us that expose that we really are just human….and that’s ok, as I was once told. Putting them to rest can definitely be a process! Thank you for this beautiful article and poem!!

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    • July 15, 2017 at 9:22 AM
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      Thank you Kelli for taking the time to read this and comment on. Kiss and hugs to you

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  • August 8, 2017 at 12:37 PM
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    Kurt,

    Very insightful and richly expressed poem.

    I definitely have worn those “Rose-colored glasses” and imagined there to be what was, in actuality, not there at all.

    In fact, my rose-colored glasses must have been dual-paned because I was entirely jaded!

    Your words speak wisdom.

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    • August 8, 2017 at 4:05 PM
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      You know Tamara, I think we all fall victim to glasses the color of rose in our lifetimes. It is call living with all the peaks and valleys. Thanks for taking the time to read some of my words.

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