eigengrau

when the sun refuses to shine,
when the plants refuse to grow,

when pavements are littered with decay,
when the waters are muddy,

when the soils are no longer green,
brown, later black
in darkness you no longer see

only feel, the rectangular hollow –
and you think that the curtains
are closing

the lights are
out

it is
eigengrau.

Author’s Note: Eigengrau: (German: “intrinsic gray” / literally: “own gray”), also called Eigenlicht (“intrinsic light”), dark light, or brain gray, is the uniform dark gray background that many people report seeing in the absence of light.

Definition taken from, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eigengrau