Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "The Smell of Purple"

This poem came out of the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] stardreamer. It has been sponsored by the general fund.


"The Smell of Purple"


Lilacs bloom in the spring,
spreading the smell of purple
all over the evening breeze.

They range from the darkest shades
of eggplant and indigo to a purple
so pale that it approaches
the shade of angel wings.

The sensation of plum
with white edges rolls
over nose and tongue.

The stems of the bushes
are as dense and intricate as
the bureaucracy of old Byzantium.

In the language of flowers,
the purple lilacs evoke first love,
while those nearing white
speak of innocence.

The blossoms open in spring,
the maiden's time, but they wear
the colors of wisdom and wild old women,
their scent reminiscent of temple prostitutes.

The smell of purple is
nothing if not mysterious.

* * *

Notes:

Lilacs have their own symbolic meaning, and so does the color purple.

See some shades of purple.

'Sensation' is a bicolored lilac.  'Angel White' is a white lilac.

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