A New Green (Again, Differently)


The Real Toads Tuesday Platform this week asks us to “Colour The World In Words” and gives us, by way of inspiration, the following quote:

Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air – explode softly – and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth – boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn’t go cheap, either – not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.”
― Robert Fulghum

Here’s my contribution; a poem originally published (in brief prose form) in October 2016 at THE DRABBLE

A New Green

He hears on the news
they’ve discovered
a new shade of green.
He can’t remember, later,
whether the newscaster
announced  that it had been  
discovered or invented, wonders
how such a thing is even possible,
and what such a color would be called.
Maybe it’s puked-up-broccoli green or
split-green-pea-soup green,
or first-shoots-of-early-tomato-plant green,
last-gasp-of-autumn-tamarack green, or
green-only-the-dreaming-parrot-can-see green.
He looks around for the new green; hopes it’s
black-rock-that-only-turns-green-in-April-rain green
because, newly discovered or not,
that’s always been his favorite.


15 thoughts on “A New Green (Again, Differently)

  1. I loved the “what the parrot sees green” – and yeah, black rock green in April rains …. now that is a very rich green with tons of back story.

    I like your approach to this – and am glad you found some fun in the big bin of crayons!

  2. Being colour blind it is not hard for me to see colours quite different to their given names. I remember after WW2 paint colour charts were very basic the painter would mix the colours to achieve the colour you asked for in a room.

  3. My favorite is the color of new leaves on a foggy day, with the sun just starting to show through. Emerald city.
    Thank you for these, Ron. And this one, especially: “green-only-the-dreaming-parrot-can-see”

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