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THE COLOR PURPLISH

The man on the porch looks out over his property and towards his daughter. Nervousness seeps through her plum-dark flesh. Each eye contact signposts a wicked meditation. Women are voiceless in those days, yielding to males and manipulated Bible verses. Poverty and childbirth loiters the screen. White men protect segregation and Black men protect pride. Are there no advocates or women’s lib in that part of the South? Does anyone care about the mistreated? Even the animals are sinister, and the young babes. Horses burdened with stuff amble the pasture. Fried ham wafts from kerosene stoves. All the outspoken women are rebellious and prostitutes. They wear thigh-high skirts, halters, and ruddy rouge. Men swagger about in cut-price suits, wingtips, and thin-band ties. They sweat into juke-joints or atop a squeaky bedframe while records scratch against a dusty needle. The girl in the front yard runs through hanging sheets and swings bound books against Mister’s groin. Her eyes are watery, her hair wild as those purple flowers. She peers down at her attacker twisted on the red clay and she shrieks. Nobody shows up to save her. She runs off into nothing.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014




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Date: 4/30/2014 10:27:00 AM
Hi Nikkia, lovely win....SKAT
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Nikkia Roberts
Date: 5/1/2014 8:40:00 AM
And you're a lovely person! Thanks SKAT A! :-)
Date: 4/26/2014 3:58:00 PM
Congratulations on this win...great writing. Love the bold descriptiveness.
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Nikkia Roberts
Date: 5/1/2014 8:41:00 AM
I appreciate your feedback, Faye. Thanks so much.
Date: 4/26/2014 4:59:00 AM
Congrats on the win and thanks for sharing this colorful poem,
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Nikkia Roberts
Date: 4/26/2014 8:48:00 AM
Dr. Ram, you inspire me to do my best. Thanks.
Date: 4/26/2014 1:30:00 AM
nice win Nikkia, xox..PD
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Nikkia Roberts
Date: 4/26/2014 8:48:00 AM
XOXOXOOXOXOXOXO Sending my gratitude and much love.....Thanks!
Date: 4/25/2014 11:25:00 PM
Great imagery and so is the poem Nikkia,,wonderful,,loved it,,congrats on grat win !
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Nikkia Roberts
Date: 4/26/2014 8:47:00 AM
Dr. Upma! Thank you!
Date: 4/25/2014 8:27:00 PM
I agree with both Deb here on the lines that she liked most and with Charlotte on how vivid and gritty this was. I don't really understand the poem's ending. I can imagine two or three things but not sure which one you had in your mind. Besides that, I loved the imagery and really enjoyed your poem. Congrats on your win.
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Nikkia Roberts
Date: 4/26/2014 8:47:00 AM
Hi Andrea! Thanks for your great feedback. ;)
Date: 4/25/2014 4:36:00 PM
Powerful, masterful and true verse, fav lines [her plum-dark flesh][Fried ham wafts from kerosene stoves][her hair wild as those purple flowers] Congrad's on your win. Light & Love
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Nikkia Roberts
Date: 4/26/2014 8:44:00 AM
Debbie, your words are deposited in my spirit. Much to grow on. Thank you!
Date: 4/25/2014 4:11:00 PM
this poem was destined to be a winner! the contest had closed but unknown to me someone must've withdrawn their entry bc it reopened, and you just sneaked this one in - and I'm so glad you did! I read the first seven lines and put it straight through...gritty, harsh reality, the color purple in poetic form..."records scratch against a dusty needle" - superb! I've read a couple of your other poems and was equally impressed...congrats on your 1st place win in my contest :)
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Nikkia Roberts
Date: 4/25/2014 4:21:00 PM
Great! Thanks, Charlotte! I'm honored to even be counted among such great poets in this community. Thanks for providing this opportunity. To all good things! :)
Date: 4/25/2014 3:59:00 PM
You have painted a picture with words. Very properly transmitted words. congrats on your win!!
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Nikkia Roberts
Date: 4/25/2014 4:02:00 PM
Thank you so much. We are all winners! :-)
Date: 4/25/2014 3:41:00 PM
Nikkia, congratulations on placing first in the contest of Colors.. Verlena
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Nikkia Roberts
Date: 4/25/2014 4:06:00 PM
Thanks, Verlena! So good to be in this wonderful community of artists.
Date: 4/25/2014 3:28:00 PM
You have an ability to paint a living picture with such ease. Most enjoyable. congrats on a worthy win. // paul
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Nikkia Roberts
Date: 4/25/2014 4:07:00 PM
Paul, you are so kind. Thank you and I do look forward to reading more of your own stellar work. :)
Date: 4/25/2014 3:04:00 PM
grats on your first place win!:)
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Nikkia Roberts
Date: 4/25/2014 4:07:00 PM
Casarah, daughter of the best ink, write on! :)