Shades of Green
by Janin Wise
I look around
one of the things that
I love about the south:
Spring time and its shades of green.
Olive, Heart Gold and Citron
-the remnants from winter past,
greens tinged with brown and orange,
providing counterpoint to the lushness.
Loden, Napier and Forest
of Holly, Pine and Magnolia,
dark, rich, vibrant and constant,
the reminders that spring would return.
Absinthe, Pastel and Harlequin
leaning towards chartreuse
the yellow tinge of first growth,
new shoots taking their first reach for the sun.
Inchworm, Granny Smith and Celadon
blossoms on hundreds of trees
whites painted in tinges of green
filling the air with their scents
and space with their miniature multitudes.
Cadmium, Brunswick and Illuminated Emerald
the shadows and shades
kissed in blues,
their darkness cool and comforting against the light.
These sixteen and more,
harmoniously residing side by side,
an abundance and profusion of greens
heralding the changing of the seasons
the end of winter and the beginning of spring.