Palette by Simon Lewis

All you have known is milky white

and it satisfied you since you arrived


but now it is time for oranges, yellows,

browns to be added to the palette.


They are microwaved, mushed

and stirred. With a careful stroke,


I scoop a little drop and paint it

on your tongue with a plastic spoon.

Simon Lewis was the winner of the Hennessy Prize for Emerging Poetry and was the runner up in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2015. He also featured in Poetry Ireland's Introductions Series the same year. He has been shortlisted for the Listowel Poetry Prize and Bridport Prize and received special commendation in the Dromineer Literary Prize. You can find out more here and follow him on Twitter.

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