#NaPoWriMo 24 / #100poeticanswers 42 Why Is The Sky Blue?

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April 25, 2017 by Sez

In memory of Douglas Adams, my 42nd poem is late, and a bit odd.
 ‘I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.’ – D.A.

the sky is technically every colour 

the molecules of air scatter the sunlight

by rights we should see rainbows 

but blue hits our eyes first.

blue’s weird. 

the ancient greeks couldn’t see it at all.

they didn’t perceive a clear sky as having a colour.

 it was clear.

they noticed the colour of the sea when it didn’t look blue

when it looked dark like wine, or shone.

because blue was just… clear

i wonder what they made of irises and bluebells

maybe there weren’t any

because blue hadn’t been invented yet

when you look at the sky, and it’s blue 

you probably see something different 

to the person next to you.

who knows what my blue would look like to you?

just be happy you can see blue at all.

i feel sorry for the ancient greeks 

looking at the boring nothing-coloured sky.

i wonder what colours we haven’t learned to see yet.

maybe the sky isn’t blue at all.

maybe it’s flarpetua.


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