In Love with Blue Blue is my favorite color. My car is blue—bright highlighter blue, easy to find in a parking lot. My front door is blue—a shade of blue visible from down the block. And, in my dreams, there’s a sparkling blue sapphire ring. Maybe I will ask for it for my next big birthday, or just buy it for myself one ordinary day. My eyes are blue too. I didn’t choose the color of my eyes but I wonder if they inspire my love of blue. I don’t understand why blue is equated with sadness. Singing the blues seems an unfair description. Some say that blue reminds us of rain or tears. Others say blue makes us feel cold. But I persist in thinking of blue skies and the wide blue ocean illumined by sharp sunshine of July, the color of jewels and my own blue eyes. New in September 2022 Merriam-Webber added new words to its dictionary—a reflection of what’s happening in our always changing world. So, ICYMI, here are some of them, and, yes, they added ICYMI and FWIW. (In case you missed it and for what it’s worth for those who may not be up to date.) Oat milk and plant-based showed up for the first time, an indicator of how our diets are evolving and how healthy food options influence our language. Booster dose and false positive (also false negative) are now part of our lexicon, thanks to the pandemic and the force of science to name and control it. Video doorbell and supply chain are new this year, too. Of course, delays in the supply chain probably will prevent you from getting your own video doorbell.
Fran Abrams has poems published online and in print in The American Journal of Poetry, The Raven’s Perch, Gargoyle 74, and many others. Her poems appear in more than a dozen anthologies. In December 2021, she won the Washington Writers Publishing House Winter Poetry Prize for her poem titled “Waiting for Snow.” In July 2022, her poem “Arranging Words” was a finalist in the 2022 Prime Number Magazine Award for Poetry. Her autobiographical book of poems, I Rode the Second Wave: A Feminist Memoir, will be released in late 2022 by Atmosphere Press. Her first chapbook, The Poet Who Loves Pythagoras, is forthcoming in 2023 from Finishing Line Press. Please visit franabramspoetry.com.
Image: “Blue Swirl” from Thomas Quine under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.