Break out the browns and gather the grays,
Let’s paint a picture called “Bleak Winter’s Day.”
Layer in shades of gloom and despair,
Make sure the melancholy colors the air.
Splash on the drearier, wearier hues,
No need for bright yellow or robin’s egg blue.
Hold back the magenta, rein in the red,
Smear on dull colors that emphasize dread.
But paint like a gardener, embrace the despair
With sepia tones that somber the air.
Use translucent tints to enhance the gloom
That covers the canvas concealing the bloom.
Have faith like the farmer who scatters the seed
Envisioning his landscape a picture of spring.
He fancies the portrait a colorful scene
Awash in the unseen promise of green.