The New Black

Mrs. O’Leary’s BBQ

Sounds like a summer place to meet for some ribs and draft beer?  Not.  

After polishing my toenails (a chore to be tolerated at best), I decided to check out the polish color name.  Late in life – color names have taken on the panache of children and pet names.  Out of nowhere it seems, “overalls”  is the new blue, “girls’ night out” is the new lilac and “hail a cab” is the new moniker for yellow.

I kid you not.  As a haiku poet, I have wandered into a big box store on occasion to pilfer a few paint color chips looking for poetic inspiration. (Full disclosure – got caught once and lied that I was an art teacher using them for a painting class). I was amazed to find virtual stories used as paint names and was inspired to write many a haiku/senryu for fun and to test my wits.  It seems that paint names are not-to-be outdone by moms with strollers.  

Here are a few new favorite color names by “allen + roth” (the name is trade-marked just as typed) and their tag line is “classic style with a modern twist” –  I’ll buy that.

Try to guess the color by the new name.  Answers (to the best of my old color sense) are given below:

1 – corner pub
2 – shaken not stirred
3 – elavator button (this is destined to become a classic)
4 – sigh
5 – first kiss
6 – inhale
7 – lazy days
8 – toll booth (another winner)
9 – poetry in the park (sic)
10 – shop ’til you drop

Gotta love love the whimsy, humor and guts.  It’s this kind of stuff that strengthens my belief in a higher order.

Ok, here are the matching Crayola Crayon color equivalents:

1 – dark green
2 – beige or taupe
3 – gold
4 – off-white (that’s more of an appliance color than Crayola)
5 – cherry (at least I can see a connection here)
6 – light gray (fog)
7 – very light green
8 – a non-descript brown cross with beige (sort of dull – right on again)
9 – an earthy lilac
10 – dusty orange

At least Mrs O’Leary’s BBQ is actually the color of a bbq sauce.  What enticed me about the color name is that it belongs to a great old Irish woman!  

I do hope that the paint companies keep it up without “jumping the shark” so to speak.  Hey – that might even be the name for the new black.  LOL – you heard it here first!

This haiku was first published by Modern Haiku and the first line is a paint color name:

picnic basket
our plans
on hold


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