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Violet, My Adored

Violet, a lovely lady, kin to Purple, can be a contradiction. Between her fellows Red and Blue (yet more inclined to Blue), she lies with a calm passion! Unique and unconventional is she! A symbol of humility, through the ages she has listened to confessions as she draped the shoulders of Roman Catholic priests. Yet often in society, she’s been seen as extravagant and vain! Just for having embellished the rooms and the attire of monarchs, emperors, and princes, and just because Violet is flattering to the yellow found in gold, should she then be punished for her wealth of beauty? Should her shades with other lovely names such as Lilac, Lavender, Amethyst, and Mauve be seen in any other way as simply gorgeous? Perhaps for her ambiguity as she shifts to deeper reddish hues then back to cool blue, she is perceived in western culture as uncertain and ambivalent, for she is not popular with the masses. Van Gogh, however, understood her, painting her as irises and showing her in swirls of stars! And in the oriental world, where she is extolled, she radiates the sublime harmony of the universe, as the melding of the yin and yang of red and blue. Violet, who sometimes spreads herself splendidly across the twilight skies and peeks out from rainbows, is a beauty so rarely seen in nature that the birds, stones and plants that she enchants are not even too numerous to name. Have you seen her purple pearl or coral in the sea? Have you heard the song of African violet-backed starlings? But oh! Violet loves flowers. . . Besides her small sweet namesake, She colors crocuses, petunias, asters, geraniums and pansies. Not many other things in nature does Violet cling to, yet she adores the grape and plum, and with a certain whimsy, she’s charmed purple cabbage, the turnip, eggplant, and beets! Rare lady in nature, Violet, my adored, why is it that you are not more loved? As I cross a field of lavender and breathe you in, the answer to my question eludes me.

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  1. Date: 5/28/2013 5:04:00 PM
    The love of purple so well expressed on this gem of a poem. love phyl

  1. Date: 5/21/2013 6:30:00 AM
    I thought that I had commented on all of your works but somehow I missed this one..Great work about the color of Violet..Enjoyed reading this morn..Thanks for the honor of placing in your contest..I will have to check out the winners..Sara

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 8:13:00 PM
    This is powerfully rich in descriptions to the point of being mouthwatering. Love, love, love the last lines. You make each verse burst

  1. Date: 5/16/2013 10:51:00 AM
    Reading this sort of made me wistful, for some reason, violet I also somewhat associate with melancholy and grief. But you depicted this color awesomely, and also made me see it in a different light, I mean, I just know it does occur in nature, but you are so right how it does love flowers! Oh and the sky....There's a violet crab though, it was gorgeous. This sure is a gem sweetie-- I really enjoyed this one, especially how you ended it-- it does have its air of mystery to it... hugs to you!

  1. Date: 5/11/2013 1:15:00 AM
    Congratulation Andrea: Just catching up now. This is a truly lovely tribute to my favorite color family. Love, SuZ

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 1:04:00 PM
    She's too sophisticated, too sensitive for the masses. She belongs, she speaks to the sensitive lovers of art. Am I a snob? Damn right! Love, daver

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 6:20:00 AM
    Yep...told ya, you killed this contest. Congrats, my friend!

  1. Date: 5/9/2013 7:48:00 PM
    Just about as perfect a verse as I have ever read!... Magnificent, my sweet poetess... simply beautiful.... Jake

  1. Date: 5/9/2013 7:32:00 PM
    Hi Andrea, congratulations , thank you for taking us to a garden while sitting at home. Beautiful. Love Terry xoxoxo 7 >>> and FAV.

  1. Date: 5/9/2013 6:37:00 PM
    Andrea....I didn't even blink until I had read all of this...its all time favorite flower is the purple lilac looks beautiful and smells like heaven! CONGRATULATIONS

  1. Date: 5/9/2013 12:38:00 PM
    Very breathtaking. Congrats on your deserved win.

  1. Date: 5/9/2013 10:30:00 AM
    I knew this would be a winner! Congratulations... Jack

  1. Date: 5/9/2013 5:36:00 AM
    This is so beautiful, Andrea...I love it! I have heard the songs of those Starlings :)

  1. Date: 5/9/2013 5:02:00 AM
    Everything that's violet is in your poem congratulations!!!!

  1. Date: 5/8/2013 10:49:00 PM
    I have just fallen for Violet. beautiful as ever Andrea. Many hearitest congrats for the win.

  1. Date: 5/8/2013 9:05:00 PM
    a nice winning poem Andrea, congratulations... PD

  1. Date: 5/8/2013 8:12:00 PM
    Epic win! Congratulations.

  1. Date: 5/8/2013 7:49:00 PM
    This really is as great as everyone below has told you. Congratulations on your win. I like the personification. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 5/8/2013 7:21:00 PM
    congrats on a great win Andrea

  1. Date: 5/8/2013 6:31:00 PM
    You've taken this contest to the highest place congrats Andrea on your 1st place win xxx