My colour choice for January – mauve – came about somewhat haphazardly.
I wanted to add colour to the white background and gray lines of the drawing I decided to include with January’s poems, and I also wanted a neutral and cool colour to reflect the stillness of wintertime.
The colour blue initially came to mind, but having already applied it to December themes, I moved on to purple, which I found to be a bit too bright. After several searches through saved colour palettes, there it was, a soft and calming purple called mauve.
It wasn’t until last week that I looked into this colour to discover the meaning and history behind it. I started my search with none other than my trusted and reliable friend, Merriam Webster. Yep, call me a word nerd, I always start with the dictionary!
I have to admit, there wasn’t much in Merriam’s two definitions for me to get excited about. But I persisted until I reached the history and etymology of mauve, and there it was – the word mallow. A lovely mauve flower which led me to write a poem about Miss Mallow.
There’s more to the colour mauve than Miss Mallow’s poem. Keep reading for a brief mauve history and another mauve poem.
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