by Andrew Taylor-Troutman
“Who was I that I could hinder God?” – Acts 11:17
The primary colors — red, blue, yellow — evenly spaced around the circle; then, in between, the combinations & hues of green, orange, purple. It’s all so neat & simple; straightforward, so easy to follow; every color in its place, each separate & segregated — but stultifying and useless to artists who paint not by theory, but by feel; who dream, who prophesy, who intuit beyond the socially accepted wheel, and live what the Creator has spoken: the rules are made to be broken.
Andrew Taylor-Troutman is the author of Gently Between the Words: Essays and Poems. He is the pastor and head of staff at Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church in North Carolina. These poems were originally written for Sunday worship services.