The shock has faded from the applegreen of children’s water-spray guns
The children’s eyes have lost their palimpsest whiteness
The blacks acquired the brown of the streets where they ran
Are colours the foundation of a developing, failing world?
As Raden Saleh’s pigmies are to the revolution of his repulsion for the Dutch?
Are they ignored signatures at the back of a canvas?
Why have they neglected to put the names in full?
But no sadder than those faded American Splendors on DVD stands