Every month, one of the most widely-read journalists in J-land chooses a subject for people to write about. Often the subjects are a bit lofty for my tastes. This month I read June's Artsy Essay and realized I'd written a poem on this subject some time ago. To read the entire assignment in Judith's journal, CLICK HERE.
Oh, and I stole this photo from an entry of Judith's from a couple months back, because it is one of the shades that I can't get enough of. Here's the comment I left in her blog about the picture: "There are certain shades of blue that make me want to jump up and down with joy. That picture shows one of those shades. If it were possible, and I could find some of my favorite shades of blue in large enough quantity, I'd roll in blue like a dog happily rolls in carrion, or like a cat revels in catnip."
WHY DO I LIKE BLUE?
(c) February 15, 2003
The world has shades of every hue
Eye-catching reds, and grays...
I wonder why I so love blue,
And why it takes my gaze.
There's lovely dandelion yellow...
Rose- and apple-red.
Pinks and purples soft and mellow:
Why not them, instead?
At my workplace yesterday
New sweaters caught my eye.
Their color took my breath away:
The blue of summer's sky.
I'd go back to my work and then
Forget them for awhile.
That blue would catch my eye again
And give me cause to smile.
I wonder if it's born in me
To love a certain hue?
Or maybe some lost memory
Attracts me thus to blue.
Some preferences, we're born to hold.
We gain some, as we grow.
I'd love to learn, before I'm old,
Why blue attracts me so.