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,
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."