Monday, June 26, 2017

Kevin Patrick Hodgkiss writes



MAKE MINE BLUE

I’m gonna hook an anchor 
To a rainbow 
I’m gonna tie it 
To the back of my car 
I’m gonna drive 
So very fast 
Watch that rainbow 
Rip the tar 
I don’t need no colors 
To cloud up my view 
For my palette 
Just make mine blue.

Blue like the night 
Of an endless sky. 
Blue like the chill
In the wind passing by. 
Blue like a scorned lover’s reply. 
A shadow. A sigh. 
One committed goodbye.

Blue.

Yellow’s the morning
A passing school bu
A dancing girl’s dress 
Frills and a fuss 
A temporary flower 
A faulty view 
Yellow is passing 
Make mine blue.
 
Red’s not the fire 
Red’s just the flame 
Temperature rising 
Red is for shame
A warning, forlorning 
A pending rescue 
Red is flashing 
Make mine blue.

Green’s a false promise 
Violet is weak 
Orange, the pretty whore 
Fast and cheap 
Grey, non-committal 
Black is tattoo 
Demanding and final 
An intended bruise 
I will not waiver 
Make mine blue.

Blue like the depth 
Of the deepest mine. 
Blue for the one 
You can never find 
Blue like the heart 
Of the one left behind.

Blue.

Like mine.
 
Onement VI -- Barnett Newman




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  1. In 2013 Microsft co-founder Paul Allen put his painting "Onement VI" by Barnett Newman on auction in New York, expecting to get $30-40 million for it. "Newman overwhelms and seduces the viewer with the totality of its sensual, cascading washes of vibrant blue coexisting with Newman’s vertical 'Sign' of the human presence, his iconic and revolutionary 'zip',” according to Sotheby's. An unidentified bidder bought it over the phone for $43.8 million (plus tax and the buyer's premium, a percentage of the hammer price to cover administrative expenses; Sotheby's also gets a commission, previously agreed upon with the seller.) Sotheby's predecessor, Baker and Leigh, was founded in London in 1744, when Samuel Baker presided over the disposal of a private library. After Baker’s death in 1778, his estate was divided between George Leigh and John Sotheby, who left the business to set up their own book dealership in 1804. In 1816, after the death of Leigh, who was unmarried, Sotheby took over and soon expanded the business into auctioning prints, medals, and coins. But the company did not enter the fine arts field until much later; its first major sale was a Frans Hals painting for 9,000 guineas in 1913. The auction house established a branch in New York in 1955 and eventually operated at 90 locations in 40 countries; in 2011 its global sales reached $5.8 billion.
    In 1963 Bobby Vinton recorded "Blue on Blue," composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David; his single spent 13 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 3; it reached No. 2 on Billboard's Middle-Road Singles chart.

    Blue on blue, heartache on heartache
    Blue on blue, now that we are through
    Blue on blue, heartache on heartache
    And I find I can't get over losing you!

    I walk along the street we used to walk
    Two by two, lovers pass
    And as they're passing by
    I could die
    'Cause you're not here with me!
    Now the trees are bare, there's
    Sadness in the air and
    I'm as blue as I can be!

    Blue on blue, heartache on heartache
    Blue on blue, now that we are through
    Blue on blue, heartache on heartache
    And I find I can't get over losing you!

    Night after lonely night, we meet in dreams
    As I run to your side
    You wait with open arms
    Open arms
    That now are closed to me!
    Through a veil of tears your
    Vision disappears and
    I'm as blue as I can be!

    Blue on blue, heartache on heartache
    Blue on blue, now that we are through
    Blue on blue, heartache on heartache
    And I find I can't get over losing you

    Blue on blue, heartache on heartache
    Blue on blue, now that we are through
    Blue on blue...

    The term "friendly fire" to designate inadvertently firing toward friendly forces was coined by the US military to describe such actions that occurred in World War I. In North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) parlance, these incidents are called "blue on blue" (in military exercises NATO forces were identified by blue pennants and "Warsaw Pact" forces by orange ones).

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