“Colour (non)sense” by James Aitchison

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Colour (non)sense

Polar bears are white

so they blend with the view.

Kangaroos are brown

so they blend in too.

But my new pyjamas —

bought in the Bahamas —

are purple, orange and blue



One thought on ““Colour (non)sense” by James Aitchison

  1. That’s a fun thought James, thank you. I’m doing some research on animals for rhyming verses and I discovered this wonderful thing about polar bear fur – it actually has no pigmentation at all! It’s unique in that the hairs are hollow and the colour created is purely structural – and more surprising still – polar bear skin is BLACK! How does that work? Black skin, transparent tubular hair and white bear? I love your verses. Jan

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