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The Colors of Jasper Ridge
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Kevin Arnold


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You can find occasional dabs of red
Or bright yellow, often a wildflower.
In August or September, perhaps
A pink Naked Lady, a Belladonna.

And you can search out some blue,
Although you wonít find a shade
That can compete with the sky.
Which, today, gets darker overhead.

Thereís brown soil and bark, and
Sand by the lake and on the trails,
But no color on the preserve
Can compare with the greens.

On far horizons or next to the trail,
Evergreens donít seem to change.
In the fall, the green oaks may turn
Vivid red surrounded by verdant grass.

Perhaps youíll see a white serviceberry
Near a yellowish-green boxelder or
Blueish-green chaparral backgrounding
A black and orange butterfly on wing.



© by Kevin Arnold.
Used with the authorís permission.



Kevin Arnold holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Jose State University. He enjoys skiing, playing competitive tennis, and duplicate bridge and is working on his second novel. Learn more about Kevin at www.kevinarnoldauthor.com.



Post New Comment:
Jo:
I?d sure like to spend some time there. The colors! What a wonderment!
Posted 04/23/2020 11:28 PM
barbsteff:
Wonderful use of color. I want to see the place in person.
Posted 04/23/2020 05:27 PM
Anastasia:
Lovely! Thank you for this beautiful word picture!
Posted 04/23/2020 02:15 PM
cork:
You capture the rapture!
Posted 04/23/2020 09:18 AM
paula:
A lovely word picture!
Posted 04/23/2020 07:28 AM
Larry Schug:
The eyes of the soul see through they eyes of the body.
Posted 04/23/2020 06:41 AM


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