Purple Words

the tapestry became  more complex and beautiful as sun’s light arched higher and higher … continued … 

 Unknown

 … returning to

school

i had them

 walk in silence …

to

ponder their

own

individual

thoughts and

sensations …

…..

later,

with pencils,

brown school paper and their

visions

i watched them

silently

write …

…..

their words formed   

beautiful 

uncut

gems

some the color of 

rubies or

emeralds …

others

vibrated with 

sound, 

 were  

simple 

with 

quiet emotion

or 

restless …

anxious to please

listing every 

impression … !

…..

one piece stood out

from the 

rest …   

written in purple ink

by the

shiest girl in class

her 

ten line poem 

captured

the essence 

of the entire 

journey … 

…..

at the end of the

day  

i

looked back on our

journey 

with a 

clarity

of thought  

never experienced

 before …  

…..

later that night 

… while having dinner with my 

Dad …

i was told 

several

people in town

had seen

 me 

walking 

… my students quietly trailing behind …  

…..

a couple of people said 

i

reminded them of

the

pied piper …

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