Since the colors of the spectrum have no distinct delineation (at least to the naked human eye), I thought I’d throw in a poem from the next series, ORANGE, to allow the thoughts to bleed into each other.
It’s a list poem. I plan to start each series this way. I think it’s a good way to get focused in on the specific color. What I’ve been doing is jotting down things of the color, varying shades of the color, things that elicit the color; looking for the common and the unusual, the obvious and the odd. I then select the items that strike me, that stand out, that I see some possibility of spiritual and/or poetic connection, orthodox or obscure.
The final stanza is put together from interesting facts about the color or related to cultural or thematic aspects of the color; and those may lead to an overall theme.
At least that’s how I’ve done it so far.
autumn leaves and pumpkins
the flesh of cantaloupe and mangoes
converts to vitamin A in the liver
Viceroy and Monarch butterflies
Honduran milk snake
Okeetee corn snake
Panthera tigris tigris
terra cotta soldiers
the Golden Gate Bridge,
it blends well with its natural setting
flight data and cockpit recorders
US Army Signal Corps
Thursday in Thailand
herbicides in Vietnam
The CMYK composition of a version of orange:
0% cyan, 69% magenta, 100% yellow, 6% black.
The composition of pumpkin pie filling, from scratch:
1 c. cooked pumpkin, ½ c. sugar, 1 t. cinnamon, ¼ t. ginger, ¼ t. nutmeg, ¼ t. cloves,
1 t. vanilla, 1 c. milk, 2 egg yolks, beat until stiff 2 egg whites.
The composition of Orange, VA in 2011:
70.7% white, 22.8% black, 3.5% Hispanic, 2.3% mixed, 0.3% American Indian,
0.3% Asian, 0.04% Hawaiian, 0.02% other, 0.04% unknown;
that’s a total of 2 Hawaiians.
Copyright © 2015 Scott Daniel Massey