Iridescence speaks

by Jem Croucher


Here there are the makings of colour
with moisture and warmth and light
whilst a virginal palette, bereft awaits

Here, in its gift, as though a magician
the power of iridescence and shine
But no trickery here, no slight of hand

Here, before its morning curtain call
quietly in the wings with bated breath
a silence waits with patience

And here there is a chiaroscuro of light
a kaleidoscopic varicoloured prism
as sunshine fills anew a waiting canvas

The word ‘chiaroscuro’ is an Italian term used to describe the dramatic effect of contrasting light and dark – typically in a painting. It derives from a combination of the Italian words for light and dark.


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