Red

 

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I thought that the colour for menopause was pink
an anemic form of red
speaking only of femininity and romance
basking in what it is and
what it not quite is
I thought this was logical
seeing as it followed after the deep purple
of heightened sex
and the blazing orange
of hot flashes and fiery
storms of emotions leading to
radical
life-changing decisions

But it’s not pink
after all

It’s red
deep and spicy and smouldering
what is released after the supernova of the ovaries
not an ending but
an accumulation of all of the lessons
and colours
now incorporated and
burned into the fabric of being
flaming still

Red

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The Light of Her Presence

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She is a star appearing
in the deepest midnight sky
dancing playfully
as she sees fit
casting random flashes of colour
out into your universe

She is sunlight sparkling
on moving summer water
dazzling your eyes
as she eludes consistency
side-stepping definition
while speaking to you
of riches that are all around
if only you would see

She is moonlight reflected
off crystallized snow
blankets of diamonds stretched out across
an ocean of mystery
inviting you to leave your comfort zone
and to step out
into a wonderland
of wildly animated
epic adventures

Love Linked

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straight, solid, intentional
an insertion
caressed and wrapped in softness
a tug, slip, release
and a new stitch is born
a link connecting all those engaging in this craft
in the present
merged with a sensation of stretching
deep into the past
the artist allows her external world to soften
as she nestles within her own thoughts
holding family, friends, strangers in need of compassion
within her heart
recipients of the soothing motions of her hands
and so her gifts extend outwards
to warm the bodies and souls of others
love multiplying and advancing
casting a tender and colour-rich future

Colours of Transition

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When I felt the first shift of perimenopause
my favourite colours became Silver and Deep Purple
Silver called to me like the moon
mystical and feminine with the elusive majesty
of light sparkling on snow-covered ground
While Deep Purple spoke to me of my rich sexual life
my intensified drive for life-giving expressions

In the energetic midst of perimenopause
my favourite colour burst forth as Orange
like the flames of hot flashes and emotions
that burned over me and through me
all with a thrust towards happiness

With the full emergence into menopause
my thoughts are consumed with images of Pink rose petals
Soft
Resting in my innate loveliness
My attention effortlessly drawn to beauty
As I yield to the elixir of romance

The Rose Petals of Menopause

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soft pink rose petals
strength, already proven, gives way to curves
stepping into a new landscape of femininity
similar to the intuitive fancies of girlhood
perceiving romance to be woven into every detail
in harmony with the tenderness of the heart

The Launching

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Traveling a path she has already begun
Deepening the grooves and widening the arcs
Branching out and pulling in
A quickening in the pulses of momentum
Preparing to launch herself to where there is no longer road
Preparing to catch fire and soar

Wildflower

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embracing her natural state of joy and passionate abandon
a wildflower dancing in the wind
blossoming in uninhibited fields of unconventionality
and scattering seeds in places
where only she dares to know
that life can take hold

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