On Color by Dirk van Nouhuys

Purple gateposts trust
crimson armored knights;
cerulean skies affright
the gray and weightless dust.
 
Scarlet goes with blue
making purple, while
burnt umber has a style
to which its friends are true.
 
Blackened pupils see
shade like suns. The pale
of Iris’s shrouds must fail
to so intensely be.
 
Coruscating sun
makes all shades and life.
The sky, pale blue, is a knife,
which cuts nothing and is done.
 
Berlioz makes a roar
symphonically in red,
while Couperin instead
bleaches King Louis’ court.
 
Dying kings replace
kings that died before.
When we trot off, a bore
can walk as well our pace.

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