True Colors

      by Paul David Mena and Michael Dylan Welch

First published in Hedgerow #106, February 2017. Originally written by email in September and October of 2008, and no doubt an influence on my later book of solo rengay, True Colour.

the bright red ink
in my portfolio                                                                Paul

        just as I arrive
        the light turns green                                               Michael

the pink ribbon
in my granddaughter’s hair
stained with mustard                                                      Paul

deepening the blue
around Half Dome
my polarizing filter                                                          Michael

        a gold necklace clings
        to the barbed-wire fence                                        Paul

family reunion—
a buttercup held
to my daughter’s chin                                                      Michael