Pick up something that is one color—any color—-stare at it a while, and try to remember the first time you saw it; maybe fell in love with it; fought for it at the kindergarten craft table; forced open a Crayon box to make sure it was really in there; found it influencing a decision about clothing, make-up or home decor; gravitated to it while making a design; found it completing an idea; startled by getting it as a gift; amazed that it expressed an emotion; noticed it influenced the mood of an event; or perhaps you saw this color in a painting that showed it off at its height, as I did.

Lapis Lazuli

costly Ultramarine blue
a luminous love

beyond centuries
Vermeer lavished this gold
though mired in debt

Without regret
I attended his soiree
and danced with midnight