Colors

P.K. Saha

Abstract


In the fall, the old maple in my backyard

went from green and yellow to deep red.

The red was there all along,

waiting to be revealed

as the green vanished.

 

                              II

 

When Newton coined the word spectrum,

he based it on spectre: a ghost

of seven colors that appears

when white light breaks up.

As the sun sets,

the ghost scatters,

leaving only red on the horizon.

 

                             III                

 

The first eye sprouted

on a swimmer in the primordial sea

some five hundred million years ago,

and right away it was drawn to its prey,

creatures flashing red.

 

                                        P.K. Saha


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