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

TITLE: The Strain of Stain
By Linda Germain
11/11/09


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When deepest purple finally falls
O’er sleepy evening garden walls
Stompers of those grapes of wrath
Run pell-mell to find a bath


But never make the color gone
Though they scrub from dusk to dawn
It’s part of life they must abide
There’s no way out, they cannot hide


You’d think some smart one would have seen
A way to keep their tootsies clean
At least some boots or socks of plastic
Would help them out and look fantastic


It’s not for me to wonder why
Any grape thing acts like dye
And every time you fuss to dine
And drink (or sip) fruit of the vine


A spill will happen--you can’t stop it
Keep soda near so you can mop it
They say like magic out goes tint
But is it worth the work time spent


Why not just set your fancy plates
On purple cloth your sister hates
The soil won’t show that ugly spotting
And saves you from some useless blotting


If we were wrapped in crisp white linen
And purple ooze revealed our sinning
Would we rush to clean the stain
Or blend it in and lie like Cain


We often hope it doesn’t show
The dirt we reap when dirt we sow
The taint that sticks –you do the math
There comes a time we’ll need a bath


Like all the ones who squish that fruit
Between their toes –without one boot
Or grape juice on that new white rug
The kids spill from some tippy mug


The point is in this purple prose
It’s hard to wash from stuff and clothes
Though tasty and a lovely hue
Like SIN,
It might just get the best of you.

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Lynda Schultz 11/12/09
Clever analogy. Nicely done.
bill johnson11/12/09
great poem!
Melanie Kerr 11/13/09
I thought some of your rhyming couplets were superb. The message was a good one. On occasion I had to re-read a verse to get the rythmn. Good poem!