Shades of purple

shades of purple

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.

BUTTERFLY symbol for Fibro

Shades of Purple

Ringed black and blue

visible wounding

heavy bruised stain

seeping into skin

with tender, throbbing pain

But you wound internal

pulsating deep

Fibro fingers

prodding, poking, pain

that always lingers

Morning stiff

to greet the dawn

making body stumble

movement slow

with risk of tumble

Purple prose

swallowed down

as limbs grind painful

muscles sore, gait unsteady,

awkward, shameful

Echoes of dark

bleeding out of day

escorting in the night

with sleep-elusive sigh

as body seizes tight

Purple-coloured robes

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.

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8 thoughts on “Shades of purple

    • 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

    • 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

  1. 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

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