Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "Glas"

This was prompted and sponsored by [personal profile] fuzzyred. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

-- a cinquain

is his
favorite color --
blue-green-silver-gray-white --
beautiful and dangerous like
the sea.

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A cinquain is a poem of 5 lines.  Individual variations may or may not add additional parameters.

Glas is a quintessentially Celtic term that can mean blue, green, gray, or silver -- or any combination of those colors. It has mixed connotations of something beautiful but changeable and potentially perilous. This makes a lot more sense if you know that it actually means "sea-colored." Here's a discussion of the same word borrowed into Welsh. The closest English translation is "hazel."

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