The Key of Green


The eye knows green best.

From green touched with yellow

To green tinged with blue,

The eye can discern fifty discrete shades.

The chromatic scale hushes into red and quiets towards violet.

But in the key of green we see more melodies.

Who will compose a Rhapsody in Green?

Compared to a Sonata in Yellow or a Scherzo in Red

The notes of green scale subtly,

Offering more fecundity -- requiring careful distinctions.

Score with a watercolor vibraphone -- cool and shimmery tones for the eyes.

Fifty-green glissandi would ripple delicately and trills flutter lightly

Decorating harmonies complex and consonant.

But the songs are already there

In all the verdant hills, forests and jungles.