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Topic: Purple (11/05/09)
TITLE: Pitiful Purple - A Heartrending Hue!
By Mary Lou Tiner
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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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