Fields cost money thanks to what they yield,
Meadows are defended by barbed wire.
Sordid greed is everywhere revealed,
Everything's walled in, for sale or hire.

Here, however, in my visual dream
Other laws encompass every thing.
Violet disperses, purple reigns supreme -
Burden of the guiltless song I sing.

Yellow joins with yellow, joins with red,
Rosy mist dilutes the blue above,
Light and color sing of worlds unsaid,
Rise and fall in ringing waves of love.

Green arises from a newborn spring,
Spirit governs, healing every smart,
Giving meaning, newly ordering,
Bringing light and gladness to my heart.

Painter's Joy, 1918
Hermann Hesse

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