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Allegory in Colours
netskyIam

Long ago in Liverpool
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lived an occidental little man
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who ran his life by an odd plan
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of vivid colour—oh just one—
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a yellow rule he used for truthing
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beneath a sooted yellow roofing.
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He married tints and tucked inside
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a dainty foot-bound Chinese bride
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and kept one dog and later two
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(Labradors run yellow too).
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By nights for days he watched and summed
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the rising and the setting suns
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accounting that if each were gold
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he'd grasp for either that—or soul.
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The little man aged on enriched
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on yellow stuff to quell an itch—
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propounding from his life's lapels
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where thumbs on those flaps
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hooked his yell
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"Lo! It is sage to age
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all seasons saffron."
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His height increased
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but only sideways
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on suet with admixed annatto
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until his yellow Nile ran blue
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(that is to say his liver's liquor
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pooled and sank him ever sicker).
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"When bile quits one must quit life"
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he scratched to then-near-parchment wife.
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"Yellow isn't and it was never
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a brave man's hue for last retreats.
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By God I won't
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go ever. Not
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till my humours turn
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g r e e n  c h e e s e
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—or the moon returns in—oh!
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suddenly I see.  At last
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the only colour true is
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b-blue"
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coughed
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as he turned that shade and passed.
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____________________
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read aloud by author:
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16 May 08

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old poem much worked over--I will settle for this trim as the final version.
thank you for all the prior helps, insights all.
 — netskyIam

I can't tell you what I like but this is charming, kind of quaint and fun to read.  
 — Isabelle5

I like it too, a good read, funny character, interesting idea of colors; hmm does it say in the end that we may never know the truth, we are deceiving?
 — nisetru

i love this enough for me to say
i'm yellow with envy but...

all i'm saying is...

very good work, moniker in b-blue.
not me b-but you.

of course.
: )
 — fractalcore

explains why it is so good. seems like it went through many revisions. really good idea, especially for this poem, with a genuine wealth of what people like to call poetry.

i like this is all. well distinguished and established, voice strong and truthful.

nice job.
 — listen

my only suggestion is can the first two words of the title. seems more finished without it.

also the repetition of the title; deleting that would make use of ridding five words of an otherwise well done poem.
 — listen

Magic!
a pity about L4
 — unknown

this is pretty much top of the line jerry, and you've managed to make poetry really readable for people who can't read very well. signed, george bush
 — joey

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