Brown

by Samuel De Lemos

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Not as pretty as green?
Or pristine as ochre red?

I was infuriated when
certain artist
said—
that, in their pallet-
brown was a color
seldom used.

Sexier near pink.
than,
vermillion
or Prussian Blue.

In spite of others—
I’d rather use you.

When addressed,
It’s the
aristocratic
“Vandyke”;

Which gives you
an honorary
air of colonial
insight.

Remember
black—which
the French impressionist
disliked?

Never
a fancy name
was given—
to a color
so scorned!

Monet, Renoir and
Toulouse-Lautrec
all said, “no”
to
noir!

Was it cubist?
Or was it after
Les demoiselles de Avignon,
that the ban on black
was finally overturned?

It takes an artist
of color
to appreciate,
how all the hues
in one’s pallet
are fresh and
salient.

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