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Deep blues and peacock hues,Author's Notes
(Long after peacocks were lost to myth)
Iridescent green with purple undertones.
Glinting eyes and hair in impossible colors,
With skin of cool, matte charcoal,
So alien and unexpected to the sand-hued Empire.
With accents so thick in vowels,
It didn't seem like speech.
Surely people did not come in such colors.
So the Empire licensed them as pets,
And let citizens own them, if they could afford them.
The Mayaloi didn't know how to stop them.
When they might have revolted: Famine! Disease!
Death coming more quickly to the colorful ones.
Jewels even more valued now, for their rarity
But when the sand-colored Empire met the Duurludirj,
They looked thoughtfully at their flame-colored hair
And warm skin (and strange, utile machines),
And were not so quick to dismiss them as people,
Just because they came in un-people-like colors.
Prompted by the September Crowdfunding Creative Jam.
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