Refracted

Part of Speech: Verb

Definition:  Measure the focusing characteristics of (an eye) or of the eyes of (someone)

Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Found in “Discovering Colors in Prison” by Nancy Miller Gomez, “ The colors we keep caged, a stubborn brightness / refracted off betrayal, and hate” Line 20-21

The definition of refracted helped me understand the meaning of the sentence in the poem. Refraction is the bending of light or sound as it passes through something like a wall (sound) or a window (light). But I didn’t knew refracted had another meaning of the word and now it made more sense rereading with the definition.

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