Green and Blue — a poem
green can be a shade of blue — a bagatelle
The difference of green to green
is like the difference of blue to blue:
unseen, but true.
The greenness of my green is seen
by you as greenness of a different hue.
As blue, to me
Is seen to be a different blue,
like green, by you.
Now green can be a shade of blue,
as some perceptions of the hue
are said to see. And we
may grant in all respects
the candor of a seer’s view
that blue is but a shade of green
that he rejects as blue.
And so that unbemuddled shade
of green or blue that separates our counsels still
evades our view.
For all of that, no argument
can change the greenness of my green,
the blueness of your blue.