Friday, September 21, 2012

What's not to like about purple?*


Bonus purple in this Passion Flower which is not currently in bloom.

*First there was pink. Now there is purple. Someone find me a purple luggage tag.


Banno said...

Nice! :)

Cheshire Cat said...

'Empurple' is one of the prettier verbs in the English language.

As for purple the hue, just an aristocratic version of blue.

Space Bar said...

Banno: And you are on a posting roll! Love it.

Cat: Me, I like 'incarnadine'. Maybe I should choose a new favourite colour. Or maybe no need, seeing as purple is also red (and not just blue!).

Cheshire Cat said...

Ah, I forgot:

"I never saw a purple cow.
I never hope to see one.
But I can tell you anyhow
I'd rather see than be one."

-- Gelett Burgess

As for me, I'm always seeing red, but that's because I wear rose-tinted glasses.

Anonymous said...


When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay the rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers

But maybe I ought to practise a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old and start to wear purple.

Jenny Joseph (1932-) in The Macmillan Treasury of Poetry for Children (London: Macmillan Children's Books, 1997)