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Issue 17: 29 Jan. 2023
Poem: 169 words
By Diane Lee Moomey


—the man who hears hues visits a Sherwin-Williams store

You found it so intoxicating: 
the way the choirmasters 
conducting in the paint department 
arrange as if in scales 

of diatonic, pentatonic, 
of supertonic glory; 
as if in chords of baritone, 
of bass and tenor, alto, 

soprano; with delicate modulations, 
in keys both major and minor; 
arrange with exquisite, deliberate, 
and possibly even loving 

precision, those cardboard squares of color. 
The deepest indigo 
sweeps grandly heavenward until, 
diminishing by whispers, 

it disappears to almost-white, 
with barely a spectrum-hair’s 
distinction between its hue and the shade 
of blue on the row that’s nestled 

beside it, starting all over again, 
and chiming all at once! 
Inebriating. You had to leave 
this symphony behind 

while you were still coherent: quickly 
choosing a card or two 
from every row, a humming handful, 
taking it home to plan: 
a scherzo for the entrance hall? 
G major for the bathroom walls—
for bedroom, something even finer: 
a rhapsody in C sharp minor. 

Diane Lee Moomey
Issue 17 (29 January 2023)

is a watercolorist and poet living in Half Moon Bay, California, where she is co-host of the monthly series Coastside Poetry; her work has appeared in Light, Think, The MacGuffin, Mezzo Cammin, and others. Her newest poetry collection, Make For Higher Ground, is available on Amazon and at Barefoot Muse Press.

Artist’s website: https://dianeleemoomeyart.com/poetry-portal

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