- Vol. 03
- Chapter 01
OrangeThe universe is not always black.
The dwarf star sun seethes
yellow, intumesces to giant red
and marigolds fire in the heat, hot
petals wilt for alien bees buzzing
by the eye. The big eye barges
on an orange river of soylent faith—
Big Brother watching with
red anger and yellow courage.
Tennessee is on the orange brink:
color-blind blue and gray mixing
on the spray-painted field, blood
-shot eye hanging above Earth.
This is what remains: Seeing
yourself seeing the tainted truth.
What do you see? Me
in orange? Or is it just the color
of skin under the wrong sun?
Maybe it’s my blood—not red
but orange with hope. Not alive
but not dead. I see you, too,
in the hymn of forgotten colors.