The Paint Box
'Cobalt and umber and ultramarine,
Ivory black and emerald green.
What shall I paint to give pleasure to you?
Paint for me somebody utterly new.
I have painted you tigers in crimson and white,
The colours were good and you painted alright.
I have painted the cook and the camel in blue,
And a panther in purple. 'You painted them true.'
Now mix me a colour that nobody knows,
And paint me a country where nobody goes,
And put in it a people a little like you,
Watching a unicorn drinking the dew.'
-- E V Rieu