Life’s Palette

Ring me a path round the sun,
rainbow filaments in cloud tulle veil
daffodil slippers, bluebelle gloves
and dew drop rouge.

Kaleidoscope living on a color wheel.
Storm-grey ombrés to brightest white
pale pink to fuscia bold,
my patina glows.




Written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets where it’s Quadrille Monday (poem of exactly 44 words, not including the title). De is hosting and prompts us with the word “storm.”  Photos of yesterday’s amazing sky in Andover, MA. Artist’s palette is outside a studio in St George, Bermuda. 

59 thoughts on “Life’s Palette

  1. jillys2016 June 5, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    The garments in your poem are charmingly accurate and so clever! Also, Lillian, those pictures are eye-popping 🙂

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    • lillian June 8, 2017 / 10:04 am

      Thank you, Jilly! Just getting to the responses here as we are just back from 5 fun days with the grandkids! 🙂 So glad you enjoyed this one and that is really what the sky looked like! We were at our 9 year old grand daughter’s softball game….you know, the kind where the coach pitches to each girl until she hits the ball……and balls plop on the ground with gloves outstretched to catch them….and throws that go way left or way right so the girl can keep running round the bases and every hit is a homerun because of that? It was FUN! And my guess is, this is the way with little boys at this age too. So — everyone stopped for a few moments to ogle at the sky! 🙂

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      • jillys2016 June 8, 2017 / 10:17 am

        There could be a wonderful poem in that ball game! I love how you tell it:)

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  2. whimsygizmo June 5, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    This is the only adornment I ever, ever want to wear, ever again:
    “daffodil slippers, bluebelle gloves
    and dew drop rouge.”

    WONDERFUL.

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    • lillian June 8, 2017 / 10:05 am

      hmmmm….maybe I should send in the name suggestion of Dew Drop Rouge to Avon or Estee Lauder??? 🙂

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    • lillian June 8, 2017 / 10:06 am

      Much more romantic than Micky Mouse slippers! 🙂

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  3. Ω June 5, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    My 9-year-old is addicted to wedding shows. She just cannot stop. But now I want her to imagine and understand the beauty of wearing something like this:

    “daffodil slippers, bluebelle gloves
    and dew drop rouge”

    Basically, standing naked in nature. I think that would be a lovely way to get married.

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    • lillian June 8, 2017 / 10:06 am

      hmmmm careful what you wish for! Don’t let her see this now and save it till she’s 26 and comes to you and says, I know how you can save money on my wedding…!!!! 🙂

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  4. Grace June 5, 2017 / 6:35 pm

    Love the color wheel and these images:

    daffodil slippers, bluebelle gloves
    and dew drop rouge.

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    • lillian June 8, 2017 / 10:07 am

      Thank you, Grace. Just getting to the reading as we returned last night from 5 glorious days with the grandkids! 🙂 It was a color wheel of fun!

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  5. Glenn Buttkus June 5, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    When /patina glows/, there is hope for us all; a lovely perspective as the Celtic wheel of life spins itself into a hundred rainbows.

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    • lillian June 8, 2017 / 10:08 am

      …spinning into a hundred rainbows…..now there’s a poem waiting to happen in and of itself! Thank you, Glenn. I suspect, knowing you, that old age is a wonderful patina for you and your spouse as well. And….forget the “old age” and let’s call it what it is. Rejuvenatement!

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  6. sanaarizvi June 5, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    ‘Storm-grey ombrés to brightest white pale pink to fuscia bold, my patina glows.’ sigh.. this is so exquisitely drawn!❤️

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    • lillian June 8, 2017 / 10:09 am

      I do love the design technique of Ombre — one color fading, blending into another! Would that life be moving from one joy to another in the same way!

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  7. Waltermarks June 5, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    What a beautiful palette! Nature reflects colors we can never fully copy, especially clouds. The depth is incredible! I’ve tried to paint some, and all are an incredible palette. Your verse is very descriptive of the beauty there

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    • lillian June 8, 2017 / 10:10 am

      Thank you! I think that’s why I love water colors so much…..they blend the colors (ombre effect) and it seems to just “swirl” with joy!

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  8. Sumana Roy June 5, 2017 / 11:47 pm

    It’s wonderful to be drowned in the colors of Nature: ‘daffodil slippers, bluebelle gloves / and dew drop rouge.’…

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    • lillian June 8, 2017 / 10:10 am

      So glad you enjoyed! It was a fun one to write.

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    • lillian June 8, 2017 / 10:11 am

      Yes, they’re quite light on the feet. I find my Micky Mouse slippers too cumbersome! 🙂

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  9. kim881 June 6, 2017 / 2:38 am

    Your Quadrille has a real ring to it, Lillian, and I love those daffodil slippers!

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    • lillian June 8, 2017 / 10:11 am

      Thank you, Kim. Seems the daffodil slippers are quite popular….perhaps I should talk with a shoe manufacturer about them??? 🙂

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  10. shubhodeeproy June 6, 2017 / 4:13 am

    “daffodil slippers”, “dew drop rouge”. I cannot help but admire these phrases. So so good

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    • lillian June 8, 2017 / 10:12 am

      Thank you! Really glad you enjoyed. A fun one to write!

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  11. frankhubeny June 6, 2017 / 8:38 am

    I liked that rainbow around the sun. Usually what I see are half circles. All the circles on the palette worked with well that rainbow.

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    • lillian June 8, 2017 / 10:12 am

      The sky was truly amazing to see! Photos are not cropped or doctored in any way and, in reality, don’t do justice to what the naked eye reveled in!

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  12. Charley June 6, 2017 / 10:04 am

    Far more expressive, and more beautiful than saying, “Oh, look! A Sun dog!” (Technical meteorological term.) Well done!

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    • lillian June 8, 2017 / 10:13 am

      I agree! And daffodil slippers sound much more expressive than Micky Mouse slippers 🙂

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      • Charley June 8, 2017 / 6:41 pm

        Well… yeah, but… that one leaves an impression as well. Especially down here in Orlando.

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    • lillian June 8, 2017 / 10:14 am

      Ah, water color painting with words — sometimes it does work!

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    • lillian June 8, 2017 / 10:14 am

      It’s always better to seek the colors than just the greys, right? 🙂

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    • lillian June 8, 2017 / 10:15 am

      Thank you! I really appreciate your compliment here 🙂 Made my morning!

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    • lillian June 8, 2017 / 10:16 am

      Yep —- life on a color wheel is like tossing out the old brownie box camera and picking up one that lets you see the images in full display! 🙂

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  13. Adda June 6, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    daffodil slippers, bluebelle gloves – so clever 🙂 Wonderful poem!

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    • lillian June 8, 2017 / 10:17 am

      After all the comments, I do think I should contact a shoe manufacturer and market daffodil slippers. Surely they’d be as popular as the cumbersome Micky Mouse ones! 🙂

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  14. rosemawrites June 6, 2017 / 11:51 pm

    “rainbow filaments in cloud tulle veil
    daffodil slippers, bluebelle gloves
    and dew drop rouge.”

    how. how. how gorgeous my dear Lill! I am in awe. ❤

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    • lillian June 8, 2017 / 10:20 am

      Thank you! I’ve gotten so many comments on the dew drop rouge and the daffodil slippers that I think I should write to Clinique and to a shoe manufacturer — maybe Striderite for little girls??? 🙂

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      • rosemawrites June 13, 2017 / 1:11 am

        awwwwww. that is too cute. yes. maybe 😀

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  15. Sabio Lantz June 7, 2017 / 7:40 am

    Indeed a palette of lush adjectives and nouns for the post-storm sky. Pretty, like the pics

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    • lillian June 8, 2017 / 10:20 am

      Thank you, Sabio. I really enjoyed the prompt!

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  16. mandibelle16 June 8, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous poem with such vivid imagery. I love it. My fav lines: “tulle veil
daffodil slippers, bluebelle gloves
and dew drop rouge.” Great write

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  17. Olga June 10, 2017 / 11:45 am

    Whether we know it or not, we are all painters of our own life experiences. Love the palette you’ve chosen for your world. Always happy to see personal photos. Beautiful, Lillian. ❤

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