by Luke McGinty
Artwork, “Improvisation-205” by Gina Yusim
When bards of ages past sung sonnets made
To soothe the colors brilliant from the skies,
Their feet of wit and weary wisdom laid
Foundations solid there on wanting minds.
Established order, rhythm rightly writ,
With lines and plans laid well that fall just so,
As lonely province still legitimate
Of wanting minds, and thoughts they might bestow.
So minds did paint, as lines did regulate,
On springtime’s slack and verdant vernal blush
On pinks and red faced ochres love could make
On taupes and tawnys of a flitting thrush.
Yet lines that stack and rule and keep from sight
Are embers for an empire free from night,
Are embers for an empire free from fight
Are embers for an empire’s freed delight
Are embers for an empire sure it’s right
Are embers for bells, minutes off midnight
Are Green eggs and ham
Green eggs and ham
Green eggs and ham.