Friday, April 3, 2020

npm2020: poetry videos day 3 "A Purple Place"

My National Poetry Month Project 2020 is to record a short video each day in April, presenting my published poems to poetry lovers of all ages!

Today's poem is a good one for this time of global pandemic and big feelings.

A Purple Place

Purple is an inside color,
like the lining of a cape—
    like the dusky
    like the musky
inside of a hiding place.

A purple place all lined with dust
that I didn’t know was here—
    a certain place
    a curtain place
behind my granddad’s heavy chair.

And when I’m in this purple place
my heartbeat is the only sound—
    inside the plush
    inside the hush
what’s inside me rushes out.

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