Tuesday, August 01, 2017

The Color Wheel

First the primary colors,
but which red— cadmium
or poppy, or Indian 
Cool or Hot
Opaque or transparent
Staining or granulating
Tending toward orange
or bending toward purple
Taking no chances I move on
to yellow 
and blue
And more choices 
I mix my red, blue, and yellow
to paint a color for my morning juice
or the grass after a summer rain 
or my grandmother’s favorite color—
purple and lavender and mauve,
Boysenberry, iris, and violet
I leave the wheel and mix
shades and tints and hues
and I see the music
of the universe


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