False Colour

False Colour

      on television
they talk about it:

retroviral disaster.

      the village idiot
says he does not
   believe its bad.

      he wants to 
      wrestle you
   and prove he's
strong and healthy

(doesn't need a mask,
      afraid of needles;

this he will deny)


i made a photograph
   of a bright orange
      torch ginger.

while babysitting
   a family toddler,

      i thought i'd play
colour naming games.

and then i moved
   a colour control 
      and suddenly

he was interested.

   false colour!
and so he knows.




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