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Monday, May 16, 2022

Purple Peace

There seems so little we can do

            For troubled folks we know (or knew),

Apart from giving money, goods,

            T’help others navigate their ‘woods’,

But something that reduces strive?

            Helps others make it through their life?

 All we can do is not condemn,

Then don a colour just for them.

Like YELLOW just to show we care,

            That we are suicide aware,

And RED for Heart Health, yes indeed,

            We wear that shade for those who need,

There’s GREEN for Mental Health, oh yes,

            It’s more important than you’d guess,

And BLUE or PLAID for cancers there,

            To those who hurt from those who care,

The RAINBOW shows that you endorse

            The LGBTQ, of course,

And finally BLACK—support is strong,

            That gender-based hurt is very wrong…

So all these colours bring us to

            The colour PURPLE, old and new,

So why don that shade? You may ask,

            Who would we help with such a task?

It started with an ‘alien’ bent,

            A friendly sign from ‘earth’ was sent,

And PEACE was offered, yes, indeed,

            If e’er those aliens had a need,

But now it is a little more,

            It shows that violence we abhor,

And nasty despots have no place

            Cannot cause pain to any race,

So please wear purple, show that you,

            Want PEACE in this old world, too!


Photo Credit: Karen of bakinginatornado.com
Cause Mondays do get knocked a lot,
With poetry, we all besought
To try to make the week begin
With gentle thoughts,
Perhaps a grin?
So KarenCharlotteMimi, me
Have crafted poems for you to see.
And now you’ve read what we have wrought…
Did we help?
Or did we not?

Next week, a topic very dear,
We’ll talk of TURTLES! Join us here!

Thinking of joining us for Poetry Monday?
We'd love to welcome you!
Topics for the next few weeks (with a huge thank-you to Mimi, who comes up with so many of them!)...

Purple for Peace (May 16) Today!

Turtles (May 23)

Memorial Day (May 30)

Yo-yo (June 6)

Roller Coaster (June 13)

World Refugee Day (June 20)

The Happy Birthday song (June 27)

8 comments:

  1. Oh how i love this one. Yes and yes. And yes again.

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  2. Lovely idea, purple is red and blue. In the US those colors fight constantly.

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  3. Love this so much. It says it all. Laurie

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  4. I do indeed want peace. Fervently.

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  5. I'd wear purple everyday for the rest of my life it it meant peace. It breaks my heart to see all of the hurt in the world. Why can't people just treat people like they would like to be treated?

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  6. I have always loved the color purple. I didn't know until I read your post about Purple for Peace. Sadly, I think space aliens already know us too well and what we are capable of (not in a good way), and are staying far, far away.

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  7. Purple is my favorite color, if you are working for peace, it's for everyone!

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  8. Thanks for this explanatory verse abouit the colours. Well written!
    I am ambivalent as to this practise. It is nice to be able to support a cause, but when the cause monopolizes a colour (or a symbol) then I do not like it any longer. I had seen the alien twist, but could not work it into my own verses.

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