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The Colors of Jasper Ridge
Kevin Arnold


You can find occasional dabs of red
Or bright yellow, often a wildflower.
In August or September, perhaps
A pink Naked Lady, a Belladonna.
And you can search out some blue,
Although you won't find a shade
That can compete with the sky.
Which, today, gets darker overhead.
There's brown soil and bark, and
Sand by the lake and on the trails,
But no color on the preserve
Can compare with the greens.
On far horizons or next to the trail,
Evergreens don't seem to change.
In the fall, the green oaks may turn
Vivid red surrounded by verdant grass.
Perhaps you'll see a white serviceberry
Near a yellowish-green boxelder or
Blueish-green chaparral backgrounding
A black and orange butterfly on wing.

© by Kevin Arnold.
Used with the author's permission.



Kevin Arnold holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Jose State University. His newest book is Do Not Think Badly of Me (Manzanita Writers Press). Kevin was named "Writer of the Year" by the California Writer's Club. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area, where he enjoys enjoys skiing, horses, competitive tennis, and duplicate bridge. Learn more about him at




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I�d sure like to spend some time there. The colors! What a wonderment!
Posted 04/23/2020 11:28 PM
Wonderful use of color. I want to see the place in person.
Posted 04/23/2020 05:27 PM
Lovely! Thank you for this beautiful word picture!
Posted 04/23/2020 02:15 PM
You capture the rapture!
Posted 04/23/2020 09:18 AM
A lovely word picture!
Posted 04/23/2020 07:28 AM
Larry Schug:
The eyes of the soul see through they eyes of the body.
Posted 04/23/2020 06:41 AM

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