|Day 17 Dubarry
Pantone ® 17-1647
|Day 18 Papaya Punch
Pantone ® 15-1433
If you've been following the Pantone® Poetry Project (read about it here), you know that some colors inspire a wonderful congruity of responses. Remember Oxblood Red, which inspired three poems that looked to the past?
On other days, the responses people share are so different, I could swear we are looking at totally different colors. Today was one of those days.
I was so excited when Diane Mayr emailed me that she'd done some research on Dubarry. She says, "I read a little bit about du Barry on Wikipedia, and found the painting that must correspond to the color."
by Diane Mayr
The young women's pregnancy had ended badly.
Her child was still-born, dead upon arrival.
Undoubtedly grieving, the woman had failed
to report the child's demise to those in power.
"Guilty of infanticide!" They declared and
demanded she swing from the gallows.
Sometimes men feel the need to play god,
but without a divinity's love and compassion.
"Have mercy on this young woman,"
Madame du Barry wrote to the Chancellor.
And, as it turned out, du Barry's powers
far outweighed those of France's false gods.
Real gods are asexual and du Barry
knew that these men of power were not.
It's fascinating that a color led Diane to write such a fine historical sketch. Was du Barry and early feminist?
But here is another Dubarry Wiki entry -- one I am guessing poet Linda Baie found. Here, Dubarry is not "Madame" but instead, an Irish clothier specializing in shoes.
|I'm loving these Dubarry boots,
but the price tag is not so appealing.
Imagine the Pantone color name decider
discovering the lone hot pink
in Dubarry’s footwear catalog.
Meant for the deck shoe fashionista,
the christener of colors
rejects his ‘hot pink’ as so yesterday,
and creates new visual pathways
of color from faraway places.
I’ll never look at a pink rose again
without thinking “Dubarry”.
|Buy it here.
I admit, it took a lot of brainstorming for me to get a poem today. There is a page in my Pantone ® notebook with ten variations of Dubarry in a visual gradient. It goes from lightest at the top of the page to darkest (the "paint chip" color above) at the bottom. In the middle of the page is a mid-tone Dubarry, medium pink, sort of the color of bologna.
|Just yuck. I am not a fan.
To Pink Slime
By Laura Shovan
After “The Sliming: How processed beef trimmings got rebranded, again and again and again” by Daniel Engber, Slate.com, October 25, 2012
Mash of beef trimmings chopped fine,
you are centrifuge-spun until
your fatty bits and gristle fall away.
You call yourself lean
finely textured beef, protein-rich.
But falling from an extruder,
you could be fruity frozen yogurt—
maybe papaya flavored—pink slime.
You caused a burger panic, your slimy
terror spread to supermarket chains,
which pulled their ground beef packs
from shelves if the list of ingredients
included you, Dubarry-colored paste.
Well? What’s wrong with salvaging
every part of a cow, using what’s
left over when the carcass has been
parceled into steaks? Defat the lot,
clean off the growing microbes
with ammonia gas and we have you,
an oozy Plah-Doh, safe to eat butnot what I’d call meat.
|Read more at Organic Consumers.org
It turns out, the response pieces were not so different after all. Each poet did some amount of research to find a "way in" to her writing today.
And what about innocuous and tasty Papaya Punch? Diane Mayr wrote a haiku that teachers will appreciate.
she sips papaya punch
in New Hampshire
she sips papaya punch
in New Hampshire
Still thirsty for some liquid sunshine? Here another haiku from Michelle Heidenrich Barnes at Today's Little Ditty.
ripened and bloated
explodes into papaya punch
Did anyone add a little papaya sunshine to their time off during our recent snow days?
|Ditch the bologna and pink slimeburgers.
This Papaya Punch is my kind of food.
Find the recipe at Muy Bueno Cookbook. Yum!
Tomorrow, we'll write in response to the Day 19 colors. Will you be hot, hot, hot Orange Pepper or tension-taming Soothing Sea?
|Day 19 Orange Pepper
Pantone ® 16-1164
|Day 19 Soothing Sea
Pantone ® 12-5209
All you colorful poets -- look for a big giveaway announcement this week on Poetry Friday. Soothing Sea you later.