after Paul Klee

I almost fell off
the red bridge

but the yellow moon
shining in the blue night

said: see that pink tower
with a black roof?

There lives old Uncle Paul
a smart painter who can make

any old thing into a bright
new toy. Knock on the door

he’ll let you in and show you how
to transform dull greys

into a rainbow.



Marie Papier is a French-Swiss poet novelist who is now writing in English. She has published some of her poems in magazines including Arvon/Daily Telegraph, The North, Stand, Agenda, The Lighthouse, and London Southbank Poetry; in anthologies such as Calyx and The Weather Indoors (Bristol Stanza), and smith/doorstop’s The Result Is What You See Today: Poems About Running; and online.