Blue

I've seen a person laugh to breathlessness,

his face blazing, swollen with blood,

glowing like a Cabbage Patch devil.

I remember thinking

that he might die like this,

with tinsel streamers of steaming red

screaming from every pore, and a blinding white

light beaming from his eyes.

It began with a plastic smile,

and all we remembered was the television,

digital rain,

in dead brainless black and white,

acid rain, not yet drained from us,

and a color we'd never seen before.

We named it "blue."