My Choice

Crimson me
solitary vibrant leaf
bright among the detritus of fall

Crimson me
rising sun ‘neath lone streak of cloud
splashing daylight into roiling ocean’s blue

Crimson me
hand-tied twisted rambling tail
flying high with diamond kite in sky

Crimson me
red rose beribboned bright
silent love song from stoic gone rogue

Palette of smudged pastels and oils
color me in life’s brightest hue
more than a blush, a sheen

I choose patina
to shine, to soar, to sing
I choose to live in love

Written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. Victoria is tending bar today and reminds us how important the role of repetition is in our lives. As it can be in poetry. So today we write using repetition – a phrase, a line; a sound or a syllable within a line or stanza.
Photos are from Bermuda and Cape Cod, except for the rose which is in public domain. B

37 thoughts on “My Choice

    • lillian January 22, 2017 / 6:23 pm

      Just getting to my responses….so very glad you enjoyed! 🙂

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      • dornahainds January 22, 2017 / 7:25 pm

        No worries and thank you again for sharing your Writings with me and so many of your followers. (@–>–)

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  1. kanzensakura January 19, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    I love how you took an adjective and used it as a verb. Crimson me…oh yes!

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    • lillian January 19, 2017 / 2:01 pm

      Some how I’ve always loved to verbify! 🙂 I did a post quite some time ago that ran with “Ganache me” and it had yummy photos with it too! Glad you enjoyed.

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  2. Glenn Buttkus January 19, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    Yes, your photo collage fleshes out the images your words inspired in my mind, Red has always been my favorite color, from power ties to my vehicle. The fifth stanza resonates for me, as does the photo. An oil painter’s palette becomes instant abstract art.

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    • lillian January 19, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      This palette was hanging on the outside door of a Bermuda artist’s studio 🙂 Needed no address as it was the only palette in sight. Yes, I can definitely picture you in a red car! Cherry red or claret red? Or fire engine red? 🙂

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  3. Victoria C. Slotto January 19, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    This is so lovely and the use of repetition works so well. I always savor poems that use painterly and color metaphors and this one just overflows with them. Photos also delight.

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    • lillian January 19, 2017 / 5:59 pm

      Thank you, Victoria. I really enjoyed this prompt! 🙂 Glad you liked this one.

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  4. whimsygizmo January 19, 2017 / 6:04 pm

    First off, “crimson me” is fantastic. Always always fond of noun as verb. Then, its repetition only makes me more so. Beautiful.

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    • lillian January 19, 2017 / 6:08 pm

      Ah your comment has me smiling. Made my evening! Many many thanks 🙂

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  5. Candy January 19, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    You have surely ‘crimsoned’ every one of us. Well done!

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    • lillian January 20, 2017 / 6:55 am

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed….I figure crimson is a smile in color 😉

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  6. Waltermarks January 19, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    You’re wearing your rose colored glasses again, aren’t you Lillian? I’m glad, that’s a spot of beauty on the horizon

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    • lillian January 20, 2017 / 6:56 am

      My daughter says I’m a Pollyanna. Well….for me….I like to believe in the good. I’ll take rose colored glasses any day agains smog and the polluted air that some seem to carry with them. Glad you enjoyed! 🙂

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  7. kim881 January 20, 2017 / 2:01 am

    I love the way you filled the poem with colour through repetition of just one word coupled with beautiful imagery, Lillian! It’s hard to choose a favourite line.

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    • lillian January 20, 2017 / 6:57 am

      Glad you enjoyed, Kim. I do like to think of crimson as a color smile 🙂

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  8. sanaarizvi January 20, 2017 / 7:45 am

    Crimson me
    red rose beribboned bright
    silent love song from stoic gone rogue

    Beautiful! Your use of repetition here is splendid!❤️

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    • lillian January 22, 2017 / 6:24 pm

      Thank you so much Sanaa! 🙂

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  9. paul scribbles January 20, 2017 / 10:50 am

    Wonderful play with the word Crimson….I hear Pirate and tide alongside that word but you paint a much more beautiful picture.

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    • lillian January 22, 2017 / 6:24 pm

      Ah the crimson sash of the pirate with the parott upon his shoulder! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed, Paul.

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      • paul scribbles January 23, 2017 / 12:46 pm

        You got it…..aharrrrrrggggghhh me hearties.

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  10. Raivenne January 20, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    “Crimson me” is evocative on its own, combined with the rest of your words, it near transcendent.

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    • lillian January 22, 2017 / 6:25 pm

      What a lovely comment….I truly appreciate it! 🙂

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    • lillian January 21, 2017 / 8:00 am

      Ah…..leave it to you, Bjorn. You’re the only one who caught the “patina” — love that word! 🙂

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  11. ladynyo January 20, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    This poem has such an intriguing rhythm. Lovely. And red being the pulse of life….red dominates so much of life.

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    • lillian January 22, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      Thank you! 🙂 I love to make up verbs and do believe that choosing to color my life with vibrant hues helps me meet the challenges of life! 🙂

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    • lillian January 22, 2017 / 6:25 pm

      So glad you enjoyed, Jennifer! 🙂

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  12. Stacy Lynn January 21, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    a clear depiction of a colorful life!
    very enjoyable to read…and the art at the end….did yo do that? it’s just lovely.

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    • lillian January 22, 2017 / 6:26 pm

      Ah, glad you enjoyed. The palette photo at the end of the photos — is actually a picture of an artist’s studio door in St. George’s Bermuda. I thought it was beautiful too! 🙂

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  13. Angela January 26, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    This is beautiful! To live richly, in full technicolor….yes!

    Angela Kay (Kay)

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    • lillian January 26, 2017 / 1:09 pm

      The best way to live!!!!! And with an aura of hope we carry with us to all places…in all discussions.

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      • Angela January 26, 2017 / 1:20 pm

        Absolutely!

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