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With your mad colors, your multiple inks;

henna could only dream of the dark hues


that you inhabit. I’ve had my pinks,

my oaks and walnuts, my skimpy sky blues


and wash-out reds. But burly green? “Green, green,

how I love you.” Green is the underworld


of all colors. It’s Hades, the obscene

door to Hell, it’s the Devil’s swamp, all swirled


with the bayou, rekindled with venom.

Green is death, it reminds us that foliage


bears us ill will. Do not blame green for your

woe. Green doesn’t care. It’s mad as Bedlam.


Heady as wormwood. Cryptic as language.

Wise as rolling hills. Foolish as liqueur.