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Monday, August 15, 2011

Mag 78 Painting over purple

She knew it was over when he produced the painting equipment.
They had left their limb wrapped days behind a long time ago. Their room was deep blue back in their early days. There was no household list then, no 'who's turn is to change the sheets? I did it last time' conversations with pauses that wounded, a massacre of silence.
They changed the colour of their room often since then, the blue always remained her favourite.
Once when he was sleeping, she wrote a poem in purple ink in a hidden corner of the white walls. She was love doped, loving herself in love, she knows that now.
That poem was her last. To him anyhow.
She realises now that she is a love addict, a girl in love with being in love, 'a serial romantic', Oprah would probably call her.
That's why she sought out a new man and a new room.
A pity her partner found out.
The painting equipment was produced. He painted in silence.
Shame, he painted over her poem.
She had meant it then, all that love and lust trapped in purple ink.

A Magpie Tales prompt Thanks, Tess.

29 comments:

Old Kitty said...

Oh wow. You've created such a sad story out of a most unpromising pic!!! Lovely! Take care
x

Susannah said...

"conversations with pauses that wounded, a massacre of silence."

Brilliant! I loved this. :-)

Brian Miller said...

some delicious turns of phrasing add great texture to this...a serial love addict...i think i know a few of those...the paint may give him a new start but what of her...

Brigid said...

Thanks Old Kitty, I enjoyed that one.

Susannah, thank you, that is a line I may keep.

Brian, thank you, I will have to write about her in a longer story, she'll get her comeuppance, I'd say.

Helen said...

I've never heard the phrase 'love doped' .. it's a great concept!

Berowne said...

I now know what was meant by the title "The Color Purple." :-)

Brigid said...

Helen, thanks, a new phrase for both of us.

Glad to be of assistance, Berowne!

Jinksy said...

I once painted a wall purple - but then scraped - or more like carved-it all off, slowly and painfully with a Stanley knife blade in a plastic holder. It was a lot of fun, come to think of it...

Brigid said...

Jinksy, I love that...we need to get our kicks where we can..

Words A Day said...

All that love and lust trapped in purple ink -

I'm really liking the last line again!

And I think your serial lover has the makings of being one of you more sinister characters!

Brigid said...

Thanks Niamh, I am getting a bit concerned about my increasing cast of sinister characters, I may need some sunshine.

The Bug said...

I think this is a great poem, but I keep getting caught up in the idea of WRITING on the WALL. What a concept. If we didn't rent I would totally write on my walls. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't even be sinister about it :)

Kristen Haskell said...

I got a oh wow out of reading this. Good job.

Mama Zen said...

This is excellent!

signed...bkm said...

Nicely weaved...a love addict...believe many of us are until we find ourself in the same cycle of painting...I leave my room one colour now...bkm

Tumblewords: said...

Some fine lines deeply colored. Nice Work!

Brigid said...

The Bug, you could maybe buy a blackboard or something?

Thanks Kirsten, I like a wow.

Thanks Mama Zen.

BKM, thanks.

Thank you Tumblewords, 'fine' is what I aim for.

Martin H. said...

Very nicely done, Brigid.

Lyn said...

This rings so true..especially the love addict part..they abound, I think..this lingers in my mind...

Ann Grenier said...

What a visual-love addict writing on the wall. Good take on the prompt.

Glenn Buttkus said...

The melancholy drips magenta
in this lovely and sad tale; as always
you find a heart string to pluck,
a foible to feast on; love the last line:
/love and lust trapped in purple ink/.

Everyday Goddess said...

I like her style!

What an ingenious write!

HyperCRYPTICal said...

Excellent story.

Anna :o]

Trellissimo said...

Very enjoyable read. One of this week's posts is actually called "The Writing's on the Wall" Which number in the Linky+ . . . oops! Sorry. Forgotten it.

jane.healy said...

I really enjoyed the truth in this Brigid

Erratic Thoughts said...

Serial romantic,eh?very interesting take on the prompt!

Tess Kincaid said...

Love the purple poem.

Brigid said...

Thanks for the great comments.

Theresa Milstein said...

Excellent line: loving herself in love

And the last line is a great twist.