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The Art of David Wiley

The Language of Color

Only when the Darwinian greenery
began to unfold in the basements
            of God’s institutions,
tossing off the little seeds
            that used to stick in the
            bulbous craws of the blue goats
            in my dreams,
only then were there also blossoms
            posing as eyes
            posing as noses
            posing as tongues,
            waiting for the machinery to stop.

When the light began
            to dance underwater
and the glaucous fingers
            of time uncurled,
muttering in the sunpowered babble
            known to hummingbirds
            known to the fine skeletal
            antennae of cobalt fish
            (the pale shadows of mermaids)
            known to herds of anemones
            glowing with an inner light
            impossible to reproduce,
then the wheels began to spin,
our grandfathers waved their
            personal flags in the dark,
petals unfurled in the rhythmic heat,
and sparks of color became
            the true food of the soul.

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David Wiley, painter-poet, exhibits throughout
California and abroad. A book about his work,
The Poetry of Color, is in progress.
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