LANGSTON HUGHES TRIBUTE ISSUE
Sir Isaac Newton, 1666
Look at the sea. Aqua. Aquamarine.
Blended from yellow with heavy pigment of blue.
Look at the lowland meadow. Grass green,
from primaries of yellow and blue. Blue grass, more blue.
Look at the African Violet. Verdant velveteen
with purple blossom, small gem melded of blue and red.
Take in the light of sky. Blue fused with white. Clean.
Or the sunrise. Primary, Indian red, touched by white.
White, reflecting all wavelengths. Black, of whale skin and baleen,
all colors absorbed. Mixed together, a wash of gray.
Gray, like oysters, opening to mother of pearl, unforeseen,
or radiating fog, clearing with the warming, spectrum of sun.
Kirsten Hampton lives
by the Potomac in Alexandria, VA. She received her B.A. in English from
Cornell University. Her poems have recently appeared in the Potomac
Review, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Blueline and
Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poetry. She consults for nonprofits
and partners in a documentary film venture.
in Volume 12, Number 1, Winter 2011.