Life is a rich variety of colours, shading dark to light, dull to bright.
And we experience the same as emotions of joy and pleasure soon seep into sadness and pain.
When we live with invisible illness, like Fibromyalgia, M.E and Arthritis, it can be hard for others to appreciate the way it colours our outlook and darkens days with its brooding presence.
I love the colour purple, and because it is also the shade chosen to represent Fibromyalgia awareness, I have an even closer affinity with it.
The butterfly symbol reminds me that I can float free of my circumstances as I seek treatment and help, support and relief.
When I rest in God’s healing powers and soothing waters of grace, my mind and body are more at peace.
He binds up our wounds, grants us grace to live with pain and to sense His presence in our darkest times.
Shades of Purple
Ringed black and blue
heavy bruised stain
seeping into skin
with tender, throbbing pain
But you wound internal
prodding, poking, pain
that always lingers
to greet the dawn
making body stumble
with risk of tumble
as limbs grind painful
muscles sore, gait unsteady,
Echoes of dark
bleeding out of day
escorting in the night
with sleep-elusive sigh
as body seizes tight
draping royal and holy
a mantle of love
covering aches and pains
with grace from above
Shades of purple
tinged with layers of faith,
bringing strength and healing
as God’s heavenly light
shines with Hope revealing
**NOTE** – Sadly, my weary brain wouldn’t co-operate and let me write a new poem today, therefore I’ve chosen one which originally appeared in a Words of Joy post.
But as it was written in just over five minutes it seems a suitable one to choose for today’s #write31days and #fiveminutefreewrites prompt:‘purple’. The rest of the prompts for October can be found here. You can also catch up with more of these posts at my Words of Joy site.
8 thoughts on “Shades of purple”
A beautifully expressed poem, Joy… relatable… and full of hope and grace. Sending hugs x
Thank you, Kimmie. I’m so pleased you could relate to these words, although I would rather you didn’t know first-hand about the pain and problems which having an invisible illness brings. Sending hugs and prayers to you, my friend. x
Beautiful, Joy. Purple is a favourite colour of mine too. Your wonderful words probe and explore its resonances from very helpful angles here. Deepest blessings to you XXX
Joyce, I’m glad we have another thing in common! But oh how I wish we didn’t know about having M.E, Fibromyalgia and chronic pain. 😦 Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time and trouble to leave a lovely comment. I really appreciate it, my friend. Xox
Thank you, La! I’m always blessed by your visits. 🙂 x
I cannot imagine what it feels like to live with chronic pain. I know my mom suffered from similar things and I always admired her for how she still tried to live fully inspite of the pain. I am praying that your good days outnumber your bad days and that God grants you a clear mind to continue your beautiful writing.
That’s the key thing really, Mary, to try “to live fully in spite of the pain” because it helps enormously to focus on other things. Especially when it’s of the long-term, chronic variety. Not only is writing a great joy for me, it is also a huge way of releasing my feelings and quite cathartic at times! Thank you so much for your understanding, prayers and kind words. I’m grateful to know you and value them all more than you know. Blessings, dear friend. x