PURPLE –MY POEM THAT HAS GONE ROUND THE WORLD LIKE A CHAIN LETTER

“Purple” by Alexis Rotella

In the first grade Mrs. Lohr
said my purple teepee
wasn’t realistic enough,
that purple was no color
for a tent,
that purple was a color
for people who died,
that my drawing wasn’t
good enough
to hang with the others. 

 
I walked back to my seat
counting the swish swish swishes
of my baggy corduroy trousers.
With a black crayon
night fall came
to my purple tent
in the middle
of an afternoon.
In second grade Mr. Barta
said draw anything;
he didn’t care what.
I left my paper blank
and when he came around
to my desk
my heart beat like a tom tom.
He touched my head
with his big hand
and in a soft voice said
the snowfall
how clean and white and beautiful.
(most recently published in MUD MAGIC AND MUDPIES by Bernie Siegel, M.D.;
available as a hand made gift book from moc.skoobyrrebnesornull@skoobyrrebnesor)