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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Purple (11/05/09)

TITLE: Pitiful Purple - A Heartrending Hue!
By Mary Lou Tiner
11/07/09


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Pitiful Purple – A Heartrending Hue


Pitiful Purple – A heartrending hue;
So often it has been mistaken for blue!
Now Purple immerged when two colors were mixed,
And sadly this shade’s reputation was fixed.

Why is it that so much confusion exists?
For poor purple’s label is often remiss.
“It’s lilac!” “No, violet.” “Wait, I think it’s plum!”
It’s so misconstrued; it’s no wonder it’s glum!

No clever expressions give this color worth.
No antidotes praising a “purple-ie” mirth.
We say “tickled pink” and “paint the town red”.
But “He’s feeling purple”? – now that’s never said!

When things are quite clear we say, “It’s black and white”.
A “Red letter day” means that something went right.
But say “Be true purple” and that sounds all wrong,
And “caught purple-handed” would never belong.

It’s misrepresented and misunderstood,
I’d love to help Purple, if only I could.
But even a poem with a purple theme,
Is hard to create with a good rhyming scheme.

Alas, my lament of this pitiful plight,
Will soon be forgotten and vanish from sight.
But, oh, my dear Purple, I now must confess,
That you are the color that I love the best!


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Lisa Keck11/12/09
Well done. I just learned last night that there's a word in the dictionary: empurple and it's a literary term meaning to write with purple prose. Not sure why I said that but I did enjoy this poem even though you didn't mention my favorite quandry. What is the difference between violet-blue and blue violet? Still it's well done.
Philippa Geaney 11/12/09
This is clever. You are obviously a deep thinker and probably a lot of fun.
Mary Alice Bowles11/12/09
So very heart felt and so very well said!
Barbara Lynn Culler11/15/09
This was a fun read-good job!
Laura Manley11/16/09
Very well done! Kept my interest from beginning to end. Two things - you have the title of your piece at the top of the body of your poem. It is distracting. Secondly, be sure to watch what you do with your second double quotes. The punctuation always goes inside the second quotes. Great job!
Loren T. Lowery11/16/09
These were my exact thoughts when thinking of this color - so mixed and confusing. But you've expressed it all so well and make it seem so seemingly simple. Great job.
c clemons11/18/09
Never thought of purple as pitiful, but I did think your poem was cute. Purple can put you in quandry because you can seldom find two hues that match. I love it though. Good job!