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Poem for Wednesday, Snow Day, Agent Carter

No mode of excitement is absolutely colorless
By Mónica de la Torre

Describe what color is not.

It's missing a thingness.

To the point of becoming, color camouflages supporting structures.

A vague interior finds in an exterior specific correlation.

Even if shapeless, it materializes in splotches, bursts, or blobs.

How mood-like.

Like, I love that green.

Like, Benjamin Moore's color designers or 20-inch Indian human hair extensions.

Color resists paraphrase without metaphor.

Ruddiness says ripe, a want to be had.

Emerald 17-5641 is Pantone's 2013 Color of the Year.

Your forecast here: _______________________________

Color is readymade sensation, emotion, feeling.


A vague exterior finds in an interior specific correlation.

Or it can be articulated as narrative.

As in red, white, and blue.

And Untitled (USA Today.)

An endless supply of candy wrapped in red, silver, and blue cellophane.


Flavors: Cherry, pineapple, and Concord grape (the best tasting).

To the point of becoming, color structures camouflage, supporting it.

"It's its own culture. White is one of my favorites. In the East it is associated with death."

"How do we know how it's read?"

Red nails once stood for status.

Now it's Be a Dahlia Won't You? The Thrill of Brazil, Yucatan If U Want, I'm Not Really a Waitress.

Or the mimicking of natural nails.

How simulacra.

Buy France Flags from just $1.60 each, all sizes in stock.

Advice from the celebrity/fitness guru has-been: make sure you get all colors in your food.

Your yellows, your purples, your reds, your greens.

Disregard if you're a locavore.

When it comes down to it, some seasons come close to monotonous.

Think potatoes. And snow.


We had a nice calm snow day, though it wasn't nearly as nice or calm for much of the region since the local school boards chose not to believe the weather forecast and didn't decide to close schools until many students and teachers were already en route, thus causing hundreds of car accidents before I was even awake. My father braved his own and our unplowed road to take our kids to lunch, but I stayed in, hoping my cough would go away if I stayed out of the cold. We had new neighbors moving in through the snowstorm.


I spent my time playing with my Birthday-Chanukah-Christmas present, a Nikon P600 which I bought to replace my much-loved but at this point aging P80 -- sometimes I want something that weighs a lot less than my DSLR but can still zoom and take macro lenses, and this one has lots of awesome features, like vibration reduction and the ability to connect to my phone via wi-fi as a remote control and editor. Adam had a dinner date; the rest of us watched Agent Carter, which we all liked, and Forever, which we already love.

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