Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Neon Black

Bright black
stands out against the fuchsias, limes, and violent oranges.
What is a violent orange?
Is it a color?
Or an unusually belligerent fruit?
Are zebras white with black stripes--
or black with white stripes?
are violent oranges.
But the peaceful satsumas
reside in my refrigerator.
What does the food do when the door closes?
Are oranges violent?
What happens
in the neon blackness?

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Once again, another long gap between posts...writer's block? Scheduling? A little of both, really. A question that haunts me, while on the subject of colors: Does everyone see colors the same way, or do different people call different colors "green," "blue," "yellow," etc.? What if I see strawberries as red, and someone else sees them as purple, but calls them red? We were taught our colors when we were small children....If one person's green is another person's purple, how do we manage to color-coordinate? I take this to mean that we all really do see the same colors--if we didn't, I can guarantee the fashion industry would never have gotten off the ground. If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound?