Colour Me Forty Shades

Let red be red but green be multi’d, 

mosses and emeralds, 

all hues evolving between,

pastures and grasses and leaves, variegated,

and buds, emergent,

all green.

Bucolic colours, 

depicted in paintings,

in landscapes around me all seen,

colour my world with tones of the Irish

and forty shades

soothing, serene.

Let red be red, her blood shocks who witness,

stark, viscous, coagulated,

too thick,

Sap stirred and quickened,


chromatic reactive. Green’s it.