Chameleon - UBC's Journal of Children's Literature
v 1 n 1
Spring 2003

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by Karen Hakkarainen

We bought paint for my new room,
green and white. Waves and wake
Mom said. But I wanted
screaming red
something that said
off limits, don't touch,
pushed back
and stamped
its feet.

Later, my walls swamped in green,
I dove into a flotilla of boxes
and recovered my sketchbook
pencils and pastels.
Marooned at my desk
I pulled out a crisp white sheet
and made a pennant
with my name
in crimson pigment:
Illustration by Krista Mason    
Read by Karen Hakkarainen   

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