Vermeer’s Colours

Experts decode his hue sources
via hoof-trod dales in England &
by rare [thrutched] pebbles from
Eurasia & in a crushing of South

American insects making his red
[whilst scarf blues & pearl whites
demand other world discoveries –
projected back in his eyed graft]/

A virgin trade & commerce in art
supply before his work/ Of worth
even before his canvas was born
bare – such craft upon his palette

before sleight of hand & brush to
capture God’s own daubs – of life
& death – such fine stuff by both –
[but man ground it down to dust]

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