• Vol. 10
  • Chapter 01

Lumens

"…pink is an invention. It's not a name we give to something out there. Pink isn't out there."  Robert Krulwich, Radiolab podcast

I hold the answers close to me
warm fuchsia dreams cupped in my hand

I don’t dare allow them to escape
lest they disappear in to white

this colour is not on the spectrum
we have invented its warmth

mixed the opulence of purple
with the danger of red

produced something altogether more open
to misinterpretation, it's what we are best at

so I won’t reveal this swirl of beauty
nestling in my sweaty palm

you will see something else entirely
take this offering, baby blue, safe

these pastels will calm your fury
their puzzle is solvable, it fits nicely

into a shaped hole, you can post your feelings
not like the spectrum reaching infinity

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Lumens

a number our brains can’t compute
as waves break on us in tumultuous frequencies

begging to be interpreted, to be visualised
forcing us into the act of creation

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