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I was in a love affair with art, which had lasted for most of my life, As beauty graces bush tree and field, whenever hued blossoms are rife. I started painting at a young age, and had actually sold quite a few, And had held an exhibition, like the plum sunsets sometimes we knew! While many considered me a success, something vital was yet lacking, As a quest for sunshine gold, unerringly sends chill winter packing. Being something of a perfectionist, I wanted my works to look alive, In the way the world looks alive, in still rosy mornings after five! But of late I had been unhappy, like a willow drooping to the ground. From my art a vital thing was missing, which had not yet been found. I wished to portray deep emotions, which I could not seem to capture. How must I convey love or trust, and what was the color of laughter? Although my mind knew what I wanted, my fervent hands could not obey, As the obedient sun goes away, whenever milky stars come out to play. My active social life kept me busy, while I painted almost every day, As ruby butterflies pursue dreams of nectar, before time slips away! But my desire to depict human expressions, was somehow always escaping, Like the desire for golden noontide, when twilight shadows are draping. Then came the memorable afternoon, that of the vibrant double rainbow, Which caused my delighted laughter, like experiencing a double shadow! After that life took a detour, along blooming pathways of deep strange. That is when color took on new meaning, as their behaviors rearranged. It began that same eventful day, when I saw laughing children playing, And I stopped and stared in awe, at the orange mist they were conveying! The happy deep orange of fervent sunshine, streamed from their mouths, In the same way that mellow winds, are forever streaming from the south. Straightaway I perceived that this magic, could only be observed by me, As hummingbirds and butterflies, are privy to the spell of a tulip tree. I left that scene in a happy daze, at the wonder and beauty of it all. Then I saw a man chuckling-the sparkling purple of night soon to fall! I was ecstatic with these visions, and resolved to simply enjoy them, For as long as they should persist, as rainbows, gone on sudden whim. Some time later, red plum twilight, shadowed all my moonlit walk home. I looked forward to dinner and sweet dreams, when stars began to roam. In the vibrant days that followed, I gladly observed additional wonder, As the departing sun leaves his mark on the sky, a masterwork to ponder! At an event one day I saw the laughter, of a highly amused large crowd, And from their mouths poured many colors, pulsing, psychedelic and loud. Then I saw a hyena laughing, early one evening while I watched a movie; And its laughter was dusty yellow, as dawn when night's becoming memory. Not long after I found that giggles, were pink effervescent and bubbly, No indicator of milder amusement, but sure sign of being amused doubly! I also saw the wildest hilarity, in its zigzagging lines of bold colors, As the arching lines of fleeting rainbows, are among our natural wonders. I noticed that the mildest mirth, had a cream color and was rather still, Like the loveliest time of the evening, when the full moon is on the hill. Belly laughs were tangerine chocolatey, like a brand new sort of dessert, Like staunch workers, on mornings young, are nonetheless eager and alert! And to my vague surprise I found out, that satire had ever been baby blue, Like traveling for one thousand miles, to find the one you already knew. After these events my painting improved, and the magic colors faded away, For I was inspired to paint what I felt, as opening buds paint a new day. My experiences gave a brand new meaning, to the phrase, in living color, In this world so filled with hidden beauties, and quite unlike any other! "Dedicated to Indiana Shaw, a very talented poet, who suggested this theme to me" :) Written on 8/20/2021 For: Kaleidoscope Poetry Contest Sponsor: Chantelle Anne Cooke

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Date: 8/30/2021 11:34:00 AM
Evelyn,loved the abstract art & the 'bio' couplets,glad I found this inspiring poem today.
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 8/30/2021 4:02:00 PM
Thank is so nice to know, Brian. Thank you for the kind words.
Date: 8/24/2021 1:42:00 AM
Evelyn, to quote "Orange symbolizes energy, vitality, cheer, excitement, adventure, warmth, and good health" wow, I thought Evelyn, you would on a given mission give me a few lines, but, you instead you give us all a full paint palette of a vast expansion of colour in your amazing poem, you never fail to delight with your well thought out abilty to capture our imagination, and bring it all to life, if colour were to be the food of life, then paint and write on, blessings, Indiana . . . ; )
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 8/24/2021 12:31:00 PM
Thank you for your warm words of esteem, and for all the nice things you had to say, Indiana. I enjoy writing more than most things, and I'm so happy that you like reading my works. Have a wonderful day, my friend, Evelyn :)
Date: 8/22/2021 8:46:00 PM
Oh Evelyn this is just wonderful! Thank you for letting me know it was posted. I am honored. I'm so glad I was able to help. Laughter will always have colorful hues for me from now on! And couplets are a perfect format to highlight each color. So many wonderful creative lines! I am looking forward to finding this one the winners list! Blessings dear friend.
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 8/22/2021 9:27:00 PM
Thank you again for suggesting I enter, Sam. Thanks also for your warm remarks and vote of confidence. Thank you for your wonderfully inspiring appreciation. Hope yours is a blessed week. :D
Date: 8/22/2021 8:18:00 PM
Color me -- impressed! Deeply so. You are a treasure, Evelyn, as are your adventurous couplets. Thanks for all of the reading pleasure and pure inspiration! Serenity and Tranquility, Gershon
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 8/22/2021 9:34:00 PM
How nice of you to say, Gershon! There a few things I've enjoyed in my life as much as posting these poems. I'm so glad you like them, and you're most welcome. Peace and Placidity, Evelyn
Date: 8/21/2021 2:16:00 AM
The ecstatic imagery is stunning, Evelyn:) your painting is simply delightful:)
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 8/21/2021 10:42:00 AM
I appreciate your kind words so much. Thank you, Jo. :)
Date: 8/21/2021 1:18:00 AM
Great couplets and one cannot but admire the way you paint.
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 8/21/2021 10:41:00 AM
Thank you for the compliment. :D
Date: 8/20/2021 7:18:00 PM
Evelyn, you wrote such a beautiful couplet; your symbolism and imagery are stunning. The flow of your words and phrases is so fluid that it captures the attention from the first to the final verse, and the last two verses contain all the significance: blessings and kindest thoughts.
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Evelyn Judy Buehler
Date: 8/20/2021 8:44:00 PM
Your inspiring words bring sunshine and cheer, my friend. It so great to know your interest was captured by these lines. Thank you very much for your valuable thoughts. Blessings and hugs, Evelyn