Violet Hour

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[for Leela Violet’s No Mo Chemo Celebration
submitted to Real Toads]



  1. Intriguing. Is it only me who cannot see this whole piece on the page? I get the idea but having to scroll around to get all the words, I think I lost something. Still it seems to end on a hopeful uptick, turning back the hour.

  2. One imagines here (and with that condition) a wish both to turn back and jump forward the hour (to get to some feeling of “overness” and hopefully remission.) A difficult now. Well done. Thanks. k.

  3. Your word play and imagery are an inspiration. This is such an innovative poem.

    • innovative, perhaps…but I did try to fix the floating words for Marian…and anyone else who had to scroll around to see all the words. I screen shotted it, so all those little bugger words are exactly where I want them:)

  4. It reads (looks) like words spoken through a vigil. Only in this case, the vigil has ended. Thank goodness for the cancer remission!

  5. I like your ‘floating words,’ Angie. And I spent way too much time admiring them.
    My favorites are, “what can water in spring allow.”
    Shades of T.S. Eliot here, “The Waste Land” (1922

    “At the violet hour, when the eyes and back
    Turn upward from the desk, when the human engine waits
    Like a taxi throbbing waiting . . .
    At the violet hour, the evening hour that strives
    Homeward, and brings the sailor home from sea”

    I like T.S. Eliot, I have a repro copy of his “Cats” book, “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.” It’s a collection of whimsical poems which tell of feline psychology. It was also the basis for the Broadway play, “Cats”. I bought my book real cheap on eBay, with free postage.

    • That’s a fun copy to have…and you guessed where I got my inspiration. All words are found in Eliot’s Wasteland. Didn’t want it dark though

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