See the Colors Around You
Look around in Eastern James Bay Cree
there are colors all around
it is purple
the color of jam
it is brown
it looks like the color of a singed beaver
it is yellow
it is a little bit yellow
it is a flashy,
it is stone or metal red
it is stick-like red
it is purple
the colour of jam
it is sky blue
it is pinky-red
it is a little red thing
it looks orange
the colour of a bakeapple berry
it is burgundy-coloured purple
the colour of a bruise
it is white mud
it has white feathers
it is faded
it is greyish like a dog
it is white and can be seen from afar
when the sun shines on it
it is turquoise
the colour of a clear blue sky
by Kimberly Burnham
Color and Healing Poetry Challenge Day 21
April 21, 2020
Words from http://dict.eastcree.org/Words
Blue Asian Apples
In Chinese 青 pronounced qīng in Mandarin
and “ao” in Japanese means both blue and green
blue and green shades of 青
藍 “lán” is blue in Mandarin
綠 “lǜ” is green
both shades of “qīng”
In Japanese 緑 “midori”
green from the verb “midoru”
“to be in leaf, to flourish”
グリーン pronounced “guriin”
derived from the English word green
In Japan traffic lights the same as everywhere
the green light is described as “aoi” blue
because green is a shade of aoi
green apples are 青リンゴ [Ao ringo]
no different than what in English is a green apple
by Kimberly Burnham
Color and Healing Poetry Challenge Day 17
April 17, 2020
Blue, Light Blue, Dark Blue in English and Russian
English and Russian speakers divide
the color spectrum differently
light blue and dark blue are both blue
lighter blue is "goluboy” and darker blue is “siniy”
there is no "blue"
English speakers can distinguish between light and dark blues
Russian speakers cannot avoid distinguishing them
and must do so to speak Russian in a conventional manner
Russians are faster if one is "siniy"
and the other "goluboy"
and slower if both are "siniy" or "goluboy"
two words makes it easier to remember
and recognize the distinction
where a color boundary exists in Russian
but not in English.
Two types of memory are better than one
slightly better memory for colors
with readily available names in my own language
remembered color chips in two forms
non-verbal visual image and a verbal label
each memory fallible
two are better than one
by Kimberly Burnham
Color and Healing Poetry Challenge Day 16
April 16, 2020
Words from https://www.pnas.org/content/104/19/7780
Caerulean, In Search of Good in the Sky
"But what you don't know
that sweater is not just blue
it's not turquoise
it's not lapis
it's actually cerulean"
— Miranda Priestly, The Devil Wears Prada
Just the repetition of the words
"cerulean blue" “cerulean blue” is magical
the "Pusher" villain in X-Files episode 17 season 3
repeats "cerulean blue" lulling his victims to do his will
“Cerulean” [səˈruːliən] between azure and a darker sky
strong greenish blue with variations
cobalt chromate a darker greener “cerulean” blue or cobalt turquoise
a paler hue called the "color of the millennium"
"cerulean frost" in a special set of metallic colored Crayola crayons
"Cerulean" in 1590 English from the Latin "Caeruleus"
dark blue, blue, blue-green derives from "Caerulum"
diminutive of "Caelum" heaven and sky
A pigment found in late eighteenth century
blue with copper, cobaltous oxides, azurite and smalt
all in attempts to paint the sky blue
with colors by Swiss chemist Albrecht Höpfner's
“cerulean blue” in 1789 by the German name "Cölinblau"
then in 1860 a Brit, George Rowney's "coeruleum"
cerulean's hue, permanence, opaqueness
shines in Berthe Morisot 's painting
of a blue coat on a woman in her Summer's Day
Repeat after me “cerulean blue” flies in nature
in the Cerulean blue cuckooshrike
Cerulean blue kingfisher, Cerulean blue paradise flycatcher,
a Cerulean blue warbler
and Cerulean-capped manakin, a native of Peru
Now do good in the world
by Kimberly Burnham
Color and Healing Poetry Challenge Day 13
April 13, 2020
April 7, 2020 Seeing Through a Horses Eyes
Horse jumping courses should cater to horse vision
florescent yellow and bright blue fences
the safest colors on the track
Orange is not a good color
like white, blues and yellows to horses
eliciting better behavior and performance
High contrast colors white and bright blue best on a grey day
fluorescent yellow best against the middle of the fence
so horses start their jump farther back
See better, jump higher
when jumping a bright blue-marked fence
practice with all colors be prepared to approach less visible fences
by Kimberly Burnham
Colors and Healing Poetry Challenge
A Bolt From the Blue
A clear blue sky and a thunderbolt
two not often seen together
give rise to an expression for the sudden or unexpected
"out of the blue"
coming from "a bolt from the blue"
or the longer "out of a clear blue sky"
a bolt from a crossbow or lightning
neither expected from a clear blue sky
"Kök" (blue) in Xakas, a Turkic language spoken by the Khakas people of southwestern Siberian Khakas Republic or Khakassia, in Russia
"Kük" (blue) in Tatar, a Turkic language spoken by Tatars mainly located in modern Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Siberia.
Published in over 100 books, Kimberly Burnham is a writer, poet, and complementary medicine practitioner. She authored Awakenings: Peace Dictionary, Language and the Mind, a Daily Brain Health Program for people interested in improving their brain clarity, creativity and muscle movements. Her current project focuses on color words, the brain and vision health designed to assist people in seeing better. Kimberly's Ph.D. (Integrative Medicine) considered manual therapy techniques (Integrative Manual Therapy, Matrix Energetics, Acupressure, Reiki) and health coaching for people with Parkinson's disease. She is an avid gardener and environmentalist, who bicycled 3000 miles across the U.S. in 2013. Contact Kimberly at https://www.nervewhisperer.solutions/ or email her at NerveWhisperer@gmail.com for a brain health coaching session.
1.1 Billion Years Old Neon Pink
A pretty pink earth
the color first made by a living thing
1.1 billion years old
belongs to a cyanobacteria
used in photosynthesis
chlorophyll may very well be green
pinkish pigments result from fossilized porphyrins
in atomic ring around a magnesium ion
to form a chlorophyll molecule
hidden till found a billion years later by scientists
grinding up marine shale
dug out from the Taoudeni Basin in Mauritania
this particular batch of bacteria
died all at once and sunk down to the seafloor
isolated from oxygen long enough to fossilize
preserved underground until 10 years ago
a mining company dug it up
pink held against the sunlight
a neon pink
A found poem based on Giaimo, Cara (July 10, 2018) Found: The First Color Made By a Living Thing It’s 1.1 billion years old, and it’s bright pink. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/first-color-pink-sahara
Royalty Followed by Pinkish Pink
In Dutch "roze" or "pink" is found between
"royalty" the same word in English
a payment made to a writer
a homonym only in English for Kings and Queens
that kind of royalty is "koningschap" in Dutch
next in a bilingual dictionary is "roze" pink
followed by pinkish "rozeachtig"
"Roze" is also pink in Albanian and Bosnian
but in Urdu "roze" or وزے means fasting
a very different word pink fasting
the pink of an empty stomach wall
- From the Upcoming book by Kimberly Burnham, 20 / 20 Seeing Color Around the World, a Daily Vision Health Program. More poetry, color research, and vision exercises at https://www.nervewhisperer.solutions/peace/category/color-vision
Published in over 100 books, Kimberly Burnham is a writer, poet, and complementary medicine practitioner. She authored, Awakenings: Peace Dictionary, Language and the Mind, a Daily Brain Health Program for people interested in improving their brain clarity, creativity and muscle movements. Her current project focuses on color words, the brain and vision health designed to assist people in seeing better. Kimberly's Ph.D. (Integrative Medicine) considered manual therapy techniques and health coaching for people with Parkinson's disease. She is an avid gardener and environmentalist, who bicycled 3000 miles across the U.S. in 2013.
Contact Kimberly at https://www.nervewhisperer.solutions/ or email her at NerveWhisperer@gmail.com
Nurture vs Nature: Color Vision in The Brain
A 2017 study looked at color vision and what constitutes a distinct color in infants and found that infants could parse or separate red, yellow, green, blue and purple. They cfound a biological basis for how we talk about colors and that it is not only culturally influenced.
Here is what researchers said about it. "The biological basis of the commonality in color lexicons across languages has been hotly debated for decades. Prior evidence that infants categorize color could provide support for the hypothesis that color categorization systems are not purely constructed by communication and culture. Here, we investigate the relationship between infants' categorization of color and the commonality across color lexicons, and the potential biological origin of infant color categories. We systematically mapped infants' categorical recognition memory for hue onto a stimulus array used previously to document the color lexicons of 110 nonindustrialized languages. Following familiarization to a given hue, infants' response to a novel hue indicated that their recognition memory parses the hue continuum into red, yellow, green, blue, and purple categories. Infants' categorical distinctions aligned with common distinctions in color lexicons and are organized around hues that are commonly central to lexical categories across languages. The boundaries between infants' categorical distinctions also aligned, relative to the adaptation point, with the cardinal axes that describe the early stages of color representation in retinogeniculate pathways, indicating that infant color categorization may be partly organized by biological mechanisms of color vision."
They concluded, "color categorization in language and thought is partially biologically constrained and have implications for broader debate on how biology, culture, and communication interact in human cognition."
Some have argued that how terms categorize the continuum of color and how color lexicons evolve is biologically constrained; others have argued that color terms and their categories are culturally and linguistically constructed. Cognitive scientists from a broad range of disciplines (e.g., linguistics, neuroscience, vision science, anthropology, developmental science) have been working for decades to understand how color terms and their categories form.
- Skelton, A. E., G. Catchpole, et al. (2017). "Biological origins of color categorization." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 114(21): 5545-5550.
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