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