Yellow Over Blue

Yellow and Blue Mark Rothko Print
Yellow is the saddest color, she said.
Some think it is blue, but it is not.
Blue is the common choice for the color of sad, the popular one, but yellow is much sadder than blue.
Yellow blinds you with hurt, a gentle deadly glare, almost musical, that gets in and behind your eyes;
it is the palsied hum in your head that never ever stops, a low insistent droning;
it is the slow death of bees, the shadows of their agony and grace;
the screams at the bottom of a childhood,
the hidden tonsils of a well, those too are yellow;
it is the season of suicidal leaves, consigning themselves to the cradle of Wind, which becomes their fated pallbearer.
Yellow infects the necessary dark; it is by far the saddest moon,
the softest of last kisses.


About John Biscello

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, writer, poet, spoken word performer, and playwright, John Biscello now lives in Taos, New Mexico. He is the author of three novels: Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale, Raking the Dust, and Nocturne Variations, and a collection of stories, Freeze Tag. His fiction and poetry has appeared in: Art Times, nthposition, The Wanderlust Review, Ophelia Street, Caper, Polyphony, Dilate, Militant Roger, Chokecherries, Farmhouse, BENT, The 555 Collective, Instigator, Brass Sopaipilla, The Iconoclast, Adobe Walls, Kansas City Voices, and the Tishman Review. His blog--Notes of an Urban Stray--can be read at Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale was named Underground Book Reviews 2014 Book of the Year.
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