Anne Leigh Parrish Writer

originally published in Libretto Magazine

in shadow the glow is soft

in sunlight it’s hard candy

a room in a house through

trees with a purple-pink light

you can’t read by it

draw by it

knit a sweater or

darn a sock

you can lie, though, surrounded

by how it makes you feel

which is . . . ?


ready to embark

with the color inside

draped on a rib

rising & falling

with the breath

this is a shade for




slow glides & small


this is the color of someone

ready to leave it all behind