What Color?


What man has written man may read; 
But God fills every root and seed 
With cryptic words, too strangely set
For mortals to decipher yet. 
CHARLES DALMON
What Color?
by Elece Hollis
Some colors we cannot define.
Here is blue. No red, maybe purple?
 There is gold of light and white 
Color bleeds through
Layers itself, bunches up
To make it’s heart stronger,
Then shies back like
A young girl showing Daddy her new dress
November hydrangea
Tinged with wine and buttoned with sky
Lined with indigo 
Streaked and speckled with snow white 
Back-lit with orange and brown and green
Color not waiting to be named,
 But changing every second 
With the song of the autumn wind,
The warm caress of afternoon sunlight,
 The cold touch of night’s hand,
 The frosty breath of 
Morning.


©2014 Elece Hollis

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The Family Bouquet

The Family Bouquet
Nothing beats the surprise of a florist at the door with a beautiful bouquet. My sweet husband sent me a bouquet last week and it was an especially wonderful one. It was made up of roses of several colors: pink, white, and some pinks with white edges. It had a spray of orange, some purple accents, red lilies and white ones trimmed with green. There were different sizes also. Some were full blossoms with satiny petals and some swirled and curled. Some were ruffled and some speckled. Each bloom unique.
The little ones came in clusters, several on a stem, like triplets or quintuplets. Some were perfectly shaped and symmetrical and others off-centered and just a bit uneven. Like the artist’s technique of off-setting, this makes them more interesting.
One big pink rose was the focal point and first catches your eye, but then the different sizes and colors cause your eye to run through the whole bouquet. Each flower added to the overall effect and appeal. The green leaves gave contrast and the little poppies couldn’t have been sweeter!
Families are God’s bouquets—all sizes, infants, toddlers, youngsters, teens, adults, and old folks—all shapes, sizes, personality types, all adding sounds to the music of a symphony—each adding shape and color to the overall composition.
I have seven children and each is as different as can be. Alone each may be considered lovely, but
together—each is a unique part of the whole, blended with parents and grandparents and some contrasts and sweetnesses—they become another of God’s masterpieces.
When God made Adam, it was the first of His creations which He did not think was complete. He said, “It is not good that the man should be alone.” (Gen 2:18) God knew that man needed a family.

In Psalms 68: 6, David said, “God sets the solitary in families.” He gathers single flowers into full bouquets. Beautiful!

©2014 Elece Hollis, author of Oh Baby!—a little handbook for new moms available on Amazon.com
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