Written for: Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads: Synthesia
Can you taste a three? What color is a bird song? If you had ready answers for that you may have synesthesia. It’s a quirk in human neurology where a link occurs between the senses, so that when you experience something with one of your senses, you also have an additional sensory response, either in the same sense or a different one. Someone with synesthesia might see the number 7 as always being orange, or experience the taste of lemons when they hear a musical note.
If you don’t have synesthesia, then give some thought to what it might be like. What does a sunrise taste like? Does the sound of crickets have a tactile feel?
Glasses of orange juice
sun, join buttered toast slices
of moon. They attempt to catch
pink ideas, which are known to turn
into blue changes. Marshmallow
clouds drift, and claim to hear
Zs of black iron. A skate of white
eight feels like velveteen, and dancing
rainbows live inside dreams.