What if an orange wasn’t orange,
But stayed unripened green,
Would it still keep its sweetness and
The brightness of its sheen?
Or what if it was purple like
The grape or prune or plum?
Would you still want a portion if
I peeled and gave you some?
And if it lost its orangeness
To be the brightest yellow,
Would taste be bitter lemony
Or sugary and mellow?
And if it was a cobalt blue,
Would it be good to eat,
Or would you toss it in the can
In manner most discreet?
What if it was the boldest black
And got your hands all sticky
With thick dark juice that looked like oil,
Would you think it was “icky”?
And if the orange was pure white,
Would it appear anemic?
Then with low sugar content, might
It be hypoglycemic?
And if instead of its own hue,
The orange would be pink,
Would fellows want to take a bite,
Or just the girls, you think?
And if it was the richest red
Like apples and strawberries,
Then would its flavor be like theirs,
Or might it taste like cherries?
Would oranges of deepest brown
Still be as appetizing?
When no one would want one of these,
Would you find that surprising?
Like God above made seasons for
Each thing beneath the sun,
The color He made oranges
Is just the perfect one.
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