Color Associations

Written for Sunday Muse #99  (posted by Fireblossom)

sliced black apple on a black background with a slice

She paints an apple
in black patent
for contrast
to inner snowy
fruit, bolder than
rosy reds or Granny
Smiths. Thinks of
Snow White and the
poisoned apple.
Illness is seen as
black–the Black plague,
Black lung disease,
Black leg disease. She
wonders. If an apple
a day is healthy, can
a black apple do the job
equally well.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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25 Responses to Color Associations

  1. qbit says:

    “If an apple
    a day is healthy, can
    a black apple do the job
    equally well.” — Great question!


  2. Sherry Marr says:

    I would be suspicious. Smiles. Make mine a Granny Smith.


  3. Truedessa says:

    I hadn’t thought of the apple as being black patent until now. It does have that glossy appearance.


  4. Carrie V. H. says:

    Thought provoking question Sara. Timely and wonderful writing indeed!


  5. Helen says:

    Black patent apples remind me of all the patent leather shoes of my childhood, a warm memory in these trying times.


  6. fireblossom32 says:

    It will take years of reseach a several federal grants, not to mention clicnical trials to answer that. 😉

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist.


  7. Beverly Crawford says:

    Thanks to this challenge, I discovered there really are black apples! Your poem offers some interesting things to think about. I wonder if they are as tasty.


  8. Susie Clevenger says:

    Yes, it makes you wonder. Love your take on the image.


  9. hank77 says:


    can a black apple do the job
    equally well?

    Good question Sara! Black may not mean it is cursed!



  10. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says:

    hmm… I think I’d be put off. I’m a “green” gal.


  11. susanstoo says:

    Ouch! I hope so, oh I don’t want to eat any poison apples!


  12. It does just say an apple a day, not what color!


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