Purple Verbosity

Updated on November 12, 2019

I was reading an article on the use of purple prose. Which inspired me to write this linguistical manuscript of poetic wonderment.

purple prose

The use of words to paint the picture

you want your readers eyes to see.

My paintings would be Lowry’s

as I like simplicity.

An instrument of toil.

The sweat stained blacksmith made.

I much prefer it simpler

and call a spade a spade.

Standing on the precipice of the steep cliff.

The foaming waves crashing on the perilous rocks below.

A watery grave awaiting

in the murky depths below.

The cliff edge I am standing on

is the one inside my head.

The only danger if I step off

is a psychiatric bed.

The smell of stale beer and tobacco, emanating from his breath.

The beads of sweat dripping to the floor.

The picture of the night that I was raped

is carved into my mind for evermore.

No purple prose can paint a more harrowing sight

than the one I carry round inside my head.

The one that caused the heartache and the pain

and made me sometimes wish that I was dead.

The autumn leave where glistening in the rain,

those beautiful warm autumnal colours seeping through their veins

On this dark and dreary mid-November night

I thought I would lie down and go to sleep and maybe I would not wake up again.

The picture that I painted up above

Is not the one that I was trying to find

I just wanted to depart this mortal coil

And stop the pain that was running through my mind.

I have got myself into a better place.

Some peace of mind I have found at last.

It wasn’t always an easy thing to do

As I tried so hard to leave behind my past.

There is a place for purple prose

When and where to use it, is an art.

But sometimes you just need the simple words

When what your writing is coming from the heart.


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    • drylen profile imageAUTHOR

      Charlie Halliday 

      7 months ago from Scotland

      Thank you for your feedback Iqra

    • Iqra431 profile image


      7 months ago from Pakistan

      This had a very powerful flow and message through the whole poem. We just have to keep on getting back up, No matter how we feel inside. You have a wonderful gift in poetry..

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      Charlie Halliday 

      7 months ago from Scotland

      Thank you for reading Shyron

    • drylen profile imageAUTHOR

      Charlie Halliday 

      7 months ago from Scotland

      Thank you Lora.

      I actually intended to do a humorous poem on purple prose, but this is what came into my head.

      Glad you liked it and appreciate your comments.

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      Lora Hollings 

      7 months ago

      A very powerful poem that deals with the raw emotions and what it's like to be traumatized but also the capacity of the human soul to transcend such hurtful memories and find hope once more!

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 months ago from Texas

      Your Prose as most of your readers know

      Coming down like Prince’s “Purple Rain”

      Without the care you’ve written there

      Would drive a simple man insane.

    • drylen profile imageAUTHOR

      Charlie Halliday 

      7 months ago from Scotland

      Thank you for reading and commenting Shanmarie.

    • drylen profile imageAUTHOR

      Charlie Halliday 

      7 months ago from Scotland

      Thank you John. This one was more emotional to write than I expected

    • drylen profile imageAUTHOR

      Charlie Halliday 

      7 months ago from Scotland

      Thank you very much for your comments Brenda.

      They are very much appreciated.

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      7 months ago from Washington Court House

      Yes, Charlie you are right.

      Sometimes you just need the simple words to relieve the pain within your heart.

      Although i believe you did quite well at painting a picture...it will all come in time when you are ready.

      Writing is a release.. use it for yourself. However you must to keep your struggle under control...you deserve a good and wonderful life.

      But honestly...you hit this one good. You definitely have a knack for writing.

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      Shannon Henry 

      7 months ago from Texas

      I have to second John's words. In fact, it was his comment in the news feed that brought me here tonight. Some things are hard to forget, but I think the battle with the mind can be one of the most difficult things to overcome. Peace doesn't always come easy and flowery language doesn't always get the job done.

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      John Hansen 

      7 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Charlie, the truth in simple words is often much more vivid and shocking than all the purple prose can describe. This is a fine example. You have a wonderful testimony of overcoming and defeating past demons.


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