by Maralee Gerke
create a display in gardens and fields
yellow is their essential brilliance.
The color of worship
as old as the Inca
bringing sunflowers to the temple.
ochre, the color of horses
painted on the walls of Lascaux
and stained ancient hands.
A color that designated
Jews as the other, unworthy of living
a symbol of evil.
A color only
the emperor of China was allowed to wear
the living embodiment of the sun.
The third color in an Mondrian painting,
the brilliance of Van Goghs flowers,
Frida Kahlo’s dresses.
That dazzles bees and dragonflies
a show-off color that hides