Spring Beauty Abounds

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Outgoing Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses

Spring is celebrated on East Campus with beautiful vibrant colors everywhere! The gardens behind East Campus’s Building 3 are especially breathtaking.

Thank you to Professor of English Holly Elliott for sharing one of her spring poems.

Green Eyes by Holly Elliott

The Stones say paint it black

and a “poet” told me to not use green.

But there aren’t many choices

to make about black — either matte

or gloss, with no shades

mixed in-between. And if

someone said to paint it green, then

someone else would have to ask


if it should be forest or aspen

or olive or jade or emerald or sea

or just plain green, like the crayon

in the Crayola box, the one that


wore down in a six-year-old hand

from coloring in tops of trees —

not individual leaves, but filling in

puffy shapes like thought-


balloons, impressions of solid flat

pure impossible green. Most children see

trees in that way; they aren’t concerned

if they’re pine or willow or oak.


Paint it green, green as April grass.

Use whatever shade each thing wants to be —

see not only trees in green, but dances and

words, so the view can never mist to black.

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