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by Meredith Davies Hadaway
...chrome yellow has a nasty habit of browning as it ages.
-Kassia St. Clair, The Secret Life of Color
Perhaps he knew his crazy yellow couldn't
last, would not hold its hue in a world
of harsh light and fickle pigment.
Fugitive is what we say of things that
do not last—the color of certain blondes and
sunken treasure. Every yellow rushes toward
the chemistry of loss. On another hill, saffron
winks from a crown of crocus.