I love color, don’t you?
I think about color, choose things by color, and present myself with color.
I love to see people wearing beautiful colors.
This year I have been a drab bird.
Each day, I have mostly dressed all in a single color.
I have brown and black. I have navy. Mostly this year I wear gray.
It has been almost a complete year since my mother died.
I think back on the old mourning traditions. Stay in, don’t do frivolous things,
Dress simply and in dull colors. I used to think that was an unwelcome requirement,
Now I think it is a relief. This is what I want.
Perhaps later I will find some burgundy or coral.
Turquoise, lime, or periwinkle.
Today I treated myself to new earrings.
Each earring has one hanging Majorca pearl.
But they shimmer with a little lavender, a hint of green.