In scenery I like flat country.
In life I don’t like too much to happen.
In personalities I like mild colorless people.
And in colors I prefer gray and brown.
My wife, a vivid girl from the mountains,
says, “Then why did you choose me?”
Mildly I lower my brown eyes —
There are so many things admirable people do not understand.
William Stafford (1914-1993)
from Stories That Could Be True (1961)