In 2001, I was active participating on the ARC Committee. One of the subjects brought up monthly was a matter of what colors you planned on using on your house, shed or dock area. My opinion was that a home owner should be able to use whatever colors they wanted, there are no bad colors. Okay, there is room for disagreement here.
So, I wrote a poem to be published in the GWL Newsletter. “THE COLORS OF KINGDOM LAKE”, a satire. Rejected by the editorial committee and by the BOD in a split decision, the poem was never published, until now. You tell me please, why this was CENSORED:
THE COLORS OF KINGDOM LAKE
This story is about Kingdom Lake and its strange King named Hue.
One day, King Hue looked out his window and carefully studied the view.
He became upset at what he saw, the more he looked, his anger grew.
He quickly summoned his scribes and chiefs to tell them what he knew.
“Some of the Kingdom’s colors are unpleasant and ugly to my eye,
So there needs to be many changes, from the ground to the sky!”
And on this fine day I strongly declare,
Only certain colors, can pass cross my stare.
These are the colors that you must use and these are the colors you can’t.
We’ll start with the homes on waters edge, repaint!” the King did rant.
“Your carriages too, must all be the same, there will be no grandfather grant.
And those that want to color their hair, if not approved they shan’t.
Some Birds, Fish and Flowers too, must not be allowed to be.
Only these colors”, King Hue declares, “are the ones that you shall see.
Suits, dresses, hats, canoes, paddleboats, sailboats, trampolines and the Sycamore tree
All the same colors. That’s my decree!”
Then, one day a traveling doctor came to Kingdom Lake to visit the King,
He brought with him charts with diamonds, squares, and circle scribbling.
Hidden in the charts were pictures of bears, rabbits and butterfly wings.
And by now you have guessed the king failed the test and the moral this story brings.
The color blind king just couldn’t see
The beauty in colors nature gives free,
So after a rain, look up, you’ll agree,
Tell me my neighbors what colors you see.
by, Carl S.
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