Day 208 – It is Just a Hint of Color….

It is Just a Hint of Color...

Day 208

Colors Passing Through Us by Marge Piercy

Purple as tulips in May, mauve
into lush velvet, purple
as the stain blackberries leave
on the lips, on the hands,
the purple of ripe grapes
sunlit and warm as flesh.
Every day I will give you a color,
like a new flower in a bud vase
on your desk. Every day
I will paint you, as women
color each other with henna
on hands and on feet.

Red as henna, as cinnamon,
as coals after the fire is banked,
the cardinal in the feeder,
the roses tumbling on the arbor
their weight bending the wood
the red of the syrup I make from petals.

Orange as the perfumed fruit
hanging their globes on the glossy tree,
orange as pumpkins in the field,
orange as butterflyweed and the monarchs
who come to eat it, orange as my
cat running lithe through the high grass.

Yellow as a goat’s wise and wicked eyes,
yellow as a hill of daffodils,
yellow as dandelions by the highway,
yellow as butter and egg yolks,
yellow as a school bus stopping you,
yellow as a slicker in a downpour.

Here is my bouquet, here is a sing
song of all the things you make
me think of, here is oblique
praise for the height and depth
of you and the width too.
Here is my box of new crayons at your feet.

Green as mint jelly, green
as a frog on a lily pad twanging,
the green of cos lettuce upright
about to bolt into opulent towers,
green as Grand Chartreuse in a clear
glass, green as wine bottles.

Blue as cornflowers, delphiniums,
bachelors’ buttons. Blue as Roquefort,
blue as Saga. Blue as still water.
Blue as the eyes of a Siamese cat.
Blue as shadows on new snow, as a spring
azure sipping from a puddle on the blacktop.

Cobalt as the midnight sky
when day has gone without a trace
and we lie in each other’s arms
eyes shut and fingers open
and all the colors of the world
pass through our bodies like strings of fire.

This is a tired girl tonight.  Nothing really turned out well on the photographic end, so I just photographed 6 different colors in the house, made them into a color wheel and did some Ps play with them.  I didn’t stop while I was ahead though and ended up liking 4 different manipulations the best; instead of narrowing them down further, I decided to treat myself to all four!  Delightful!
I had a good day at work today, full of projects and surprisingly few patron problems, I spent the evening at my mother’s house for our first little Christmas celebration, I had a great dinner and dessert, I spent time with the family I love so much and even got a smooch or two out of the spousal unit and I read a great piece written by the incomparable KathrynIngrid tonight.  All in all, a pretty good day!

12 thoughts on “Day 208 – It is Just a Hint of Color….

  1. What a gorgeous post! From a Tired Girl, no less. But I can see quite clearly that the tiredness in this instance is from a *very* productive day: among other things, I happen to know the Photoshopping things like what you have up-a-top here doesn’t happen fast, let alone when you do multiple versions. I love the image–both abstract and patterned, which of course appeals to me. The brilliance of the colors is so well suited to the fabulous Piercy poem that a color-nut like me could just *eat* (why haven’t I seen this one before?? Probably because I’m nowhere near as well-read as you). And I like that the shapes of the abstractions turned into abstract poinsettias, so very timely–was that fortuitous or stealthily planned from the beginning?

    And you sweetheart you, thanks for sharing such a full and fine day with me via our blogs!!

    • I love having a good day like that one – today started out a bit on the rough side and I was pretty stinkin’ crabby, but it ended on a lovely note: My mother and I took some time to ourselves and went out to see White Christmas on the big screen at the lovely Riviera Theater ( then had a nice drive afterward looking at Christmas lights around our town. And to top it all off, a lovely response like this from you. Fabulous! ♥

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