Published May 16, 2017

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P.K. Saha


In the fall, the old maple in my backyard

went from green and yellow to deep red.

The red was there all along,

waiting to be revealed

as the green vanished.


When Newton coined the word spectrum,

he based it on spectre: a ghost

of seven colors that appears

when white light breaks up.

As the sun sets,

the ghost scatters,

leaving only red on the horizon.


The first eye sprouted

on a swimmer in the primordial sea

some five hundred million years ago,

and right away it was drawn to its prey,

creatures flashing red.

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Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

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About the Author

P.K. Saha taught English and Linguistics at Case Western Reserve University from 1966 until he retired in 1994. He is the author of over 200 items (poems, short stories, articles, books) published from Australia, England, India, Pakistan, and the United States. He lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio, with his wife Ginger.


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