May 14, 2008

A purple of my own

Patrick and Greg have been celebrating purple. Violets, pansies, lilacs, wisteria, lavender... I was starting to wonder if I was purple deprived. Purple poor. A purple pauper.

But no, I was pleased to be reminded, I never was. On my morning walk I came across these heliotrope-hued sprites grown athwart a painted wall. The invisibility of the familiar had blinded me to the obvious... I'd had purple all along.

Let us now praise purple
of royal robes and darling blooms
of lilac wine and sanguine song
in noble veins, and dusky rooms

Majestic hue, your haunting scent
in tender violet, lilac dreams
steeps our springs and haunts our nights
with solferino memories

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