With thanks to Nikki Grimes’ Ordinary Hazards “The Scent of Purple” and Read and Write by Sally’s Color for inspiration after a weeklong slicing hiatus.
Purple in college days of 2010 smelled like
end-of-semester study break strolls to witness spring blooming
reflective, out-of-breath chats with roommates about life’s next steps
encouragement and laughter pondering past semester’s follies
stealthy snips of lilac blooms to permeate our apartment with hope.
Purple in pandemic days of 2020 smells like
end of tele-teaching workday walks to witness local’s liveliness
reflective, inner dialogue pep talks about taking life one. day. at. a. time.
encouragement and smiles contemplating COVID-19’s culmination
stealthy snapshots of lilac blooms to preserve for a slicer’s sight.