Christina Rossetti: Color (The Golden Book of Poetry, 1947)

What is pink? a rose is pink

By a fountain’s brink.

What is red? a poppy’s red

In its barley bed.

What is blue? the sky is blue

Where the clouds float thro’.

What is white? a swan is white

Sailing in the light.

What is yellow? pears are yellow,

Rich and ripe and mellow.

What is green? the grass is green,

With small flowers between.

What is violet? clouds are violet

In the summer twilight.

What is orange? Why, an orange,

Just an orange!

“Color” by Christina Rossetti (The Golden Book of Poetry, 1947)

[Retrieved from The Poetry Foundation]

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