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Violet The colour of the sky On days when light suspends itself, Disperses Across the horizon Like the changing colours of my cat's scratch From sharp and red To purple and diffused.

Violet The colour of button flowers That wait to dry and fall On to the earth From the garlands of yesterday.

Violet The colour of the vein That sticks out beneath my skin Near my ankle Where you have --- Many a times --- Coloured me red.

Violet The colour of temptation.

Violet The colour of my hair.

-- Prabhasvaramitra

(For Daily Riyaz 2023)

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