A while back I read something Georgia O’Keeffe said about how she stopped using color for a while and that it was a month before she found herself needing blue. I have written several poems about green for some reason, possibly because trees do this thing where all the leaves are a slightly different green. But I interacted with a purple flower recently and it made me think about that. So here we are.
There is a purple in the world–
Long ago only emperors
Were allowed to adorn themselves
With the rich, dark end
Of the rainbow–night coming on
With a light dew on the fields,
The stars blinking, the long yawn
Of the first full moon of spring:
That purple. Now even I could pluck such
A delicate flower, an emperor’s gift
And offer it to a perfect stranger.