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The Paint Store Owner
Mark Thalman


The paint store owner
always dreams in Technicolor,

dreams that rainbows cascade
down the walls of his room,

of painting the White House green
and Red Square purple,

of repainting everyone’'s life
who passes by on the street,

that he can blend and make new colors
the eye has never seen,

that colors  fountain from his mouth
painting murals in the air,

every sunset has a glossy sheen,
every color an unlimited warranty,

whenever someone flips on a wall switch
they are mesmerized by the beauty in their life,

like opening a fresh box of 128 crayons
for the first time.

From The Peasant Dance (Cherry Grove Collections, 2020).
Used with permission.





Mark Thalman has been widely published for five decades and is the author of three poetry collections: Stronger Than the Current, The Peasant Dance, and Catching the Limit. Retired after teaching English in public schools for 35 years, he is also an artist who enjoys painting wildlife and seascapes with acrylics. Mark lives in Forest Grove, Oregon; learn more about him at



Post New Comment:
The first stanza had me! Wonderful whimsy.
Posted 08/24/2020 10:07 AM
What delightful dreams!
Posted 08/24/2020 12:42 AM
Lori Levy:
Very imaginative.
Posted 08/23/2020 09:51 PM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
What a delightful poem full of vivid imagery. I can see rainbows cascading down the walls of his room and the White House painted green and Red Square purple.
Posted 08/23/2020 10:04 AM
I like this different take on happiness!!
Posted 08/23/2020 09:05 AM
michael escoubas:
When I was 10 my Mom sent me to school with a box of 36 crayons! I thought I was dripping in color. Unique, refreshing poem Mark. Thank you.
Posted 08/23/2020 08:46 AM
Larry Schug:
A blending of words in a different way to create a new poem, the poet is the Paint Store Owner, the reader(the customer) is then "mesmerized by the beauty in their life". Thanks for a new perspective, Mark.
Posted 08/23/2020 08:29 AM

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