Spectrum

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spectrum shoes

ultraviolet
so violet it slides off our visible spectrum
into the eyes of deer and bees 

purple
states of political ambivalence
or ones so oppressive they 
may be royal

ultramarine
blue under blue 
as if a sky umbrellaed; 
a sky at sea

zelená
the green of my Slovak grandpa’s 
gardens, his hedges I’d hurdled
green, crisp as lettuce
fresh new young

ochre
sun, a light that levitates;
lemon, a day that 
falls apart

sanguine
so red it bleeds
but hopes

infrared
so red it transcends sight
except in a frog’s world 
or snake’s

black and white
all of the above

            all

 

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Jim
5/9/18