Color Master


Colors in a wasteland
A palette rainbows mock.
Barren, cracked, riverbeds,
Rivulets of burnt sand and brown rot.

There on Fate's cruelest easel,
Flawed prisms in shadows play,
Both cried dry, with blurred prescience,
Scarred, scared amidst delay,
Bold to blend, cold to mend,
Suffering life's artistic end.

Would I were the color master
I'd tear down and rip drawn alabaster,
Scatter parchments, rubble the rest.
Release the colors, follow their quest.

Circle the cerulean chariot round carmine's arena
With slashing strokes of sanguine magical patina,
Brushed vermillion, warmed alizarin,
Crimson greyed, greening to give again.

And I, mastered by color,
Framed in velvet indigo,
Live again,
Dream again.


Augustus / Folsom, LA / November 2016

  • Author: Augustus (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: November 10th, 2016 09:12
  • Comment from author about the poem: There are times in life when one has tried and failed, then pauses, reflects, abandons old ways and becomes inspired with renewed enthusiasm.
  • Category: Reflection
  • Views: 40
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  • Christina8

    This is really beautiful. Bright imagery and rhymes. Your message starts out sad but ends up happy like your colors.

    • Augustus

      Did you catch the video?

      • Christina8

        Oh, the video was AMAZING! Wow that was really great. I'll always remember that!

      • BRIAN & ANGELA

        YOU ARE A GENIUS "A" ! Of ART and of Written & Spoken poetry ~ This site would be barren without peole like you. I love color and for me the colors of clothing tht people wear (especially females) send out a hidden message ! Red ~ Passion ~ Orange ~ Caution ~ Yellow ~ Happiness ~ Green ~ Nature Girl ~ Light Blue ~ Frisky ~ Indigo ~ Deep ~ Violet ~Rregal & Holy ~ so now you know ! Yours BRIAN Please add a HYMN on my HYMN FUSION ~ Thanks B

        • Augustus

          Oh thanks so much. Had to travel to Houston today. Will write a not to myself about the fusion poem.

        • WriteBeLight

          Emotionally read, you handsome Devil in your Beret! I really loved what you had to say! Wonderful, creative imagination! Augustus, what a great presentation! (Loved the pop-ups!)

          • Augustus

            Thanks so much. WBL

          • LIGHT WARRIOR

            Another amazing piece Augustus....sometimes your style reminds me of mine (Minus The derogatory words lol)

            • Augustus

              Thanks Pharoh. Appreciate the comment.

            • Tony36

              Awesome Awesome Awesome write

              • Augustus

                Thanks so much Tony.

                • Tony36


                • 🐤s.zaynab.kamoonpuri🌷🐦😽

                  Wow eloquent diction and in poetic colors. I esp like to use alabaster and vermilion in my poems so I enjoyed your use of them. Your palette was amazing combined with your muse. Kudos.
                  Great to read from U again.

                  • Augustus

                    Thanks for a memorable comment.

                  • Fay Slimm.

                    How truly delightful to not only see you in video performing in front of the very colours the verse expresses so well but to hear you recite clearly the outcome of colourless lives strikes at the heart of the vital role colour can play.The poem vibrates with a a palette of wisdom with metaphor to match. Thank you dear friend for guiding me to this and am so glad I have at last had the pleasure of finding and reading a fine verse delivered just right. - love the beret by the way !!

                    • Augustus

                      Thanks for going back into the archives. Your interpretation is spot on. I had more energy then and had fun painting the board, splashing paint on a white shirt from Goodwill and donning a beret.

                    • Heather T

                      What a spectacular treat! Gorgeous verses and immaculate presentation. Beyond delighted, sir.

                      • Augustus

                        You went to considerable effort to watch this. Thanks for watching and commenting.

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