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Allegory in Colours (rev 5/14/08)

Allegory in Colours
Long ago in Liverpool
lived an occidental little man
who ran his life by an odd plan
of vivid colour—oh just one—
a yellow rule he used for truthing
beneath a sooted yellow roofing.
He married tints and tucked inside
a dainty foot-bound Chinese bride
and kept one dog and later two
(Labradors run yellow too).
By nights for days he watched and summed
the rising and the setting suns
accounting that if each were gold
he'd grasp for either that—or soul.
The little man aged on enriched
on yellow stuff to quell an itch—
propounding from his life's lapels
where thumbs on those flaps
hooked his yell
"Lo! It is sage to age
all seasons saffron."
His height increased
but only sideways
on suet with admixed annatto
until his yellow Nile ran blue
(that is to say his liver's liquor
pooled and sank him ever sicker).
"When bile quits one must quit life"
he scratched to then-near-parchment wife.
"Yellow isn't and it was never
a brave man's hue for last retreats.
By God I won't
go ever. Not
till my humours turn
g r e e n  c h e e s e
—or the moon returns in—oh!
suddenly I see! At last
the only colour true is
as he turned that shade and passed.

7 Dec 06

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This is a revision of "Sallowallegory".

I'll read it for you, OK?
 — netskyIam

I remember reading this before, didn't I comment on it?
I'm glad I found it again since I had forgotten about it.  If you had a little book of poems, I'd definitely be a buyer.  The style in which you write and your narrative is always fun, melodic and fresh.  
I've said before how wonderful a story teller you are.  
I'd like to "reid" some of your poems to my kids so write more children's stuff!!
You're one of my fave authors here, but I only comment on some of your stuff cuz I don't want to be a brown-noser or puke inducer.
That said, I think this is another GREAT peice Reid.
 — jenakajoffer

however...you "reid" just a little too slow for me!
 — jenakajoffer

"Hey true blue
is it me and you
or a Cock-atoo.
Is it standing by your mate,
when he's in a fight
or just veg-emite
hey true blue"

And you even managed to spell colour correctly
 — unknown

You suck, Netsky.
 — unknown

oh nets,
you are so fun.
 — jenakajoffer