No.18 The Purple, Green and the White

                                     The Purple, Green and the White

iWD 4 2015

During Rainbow Month the town hall raised the flag

To show that all’s equal

Someone somewhere may be sewing a flag

piling triangles for bunting in readiness

and optimistic fervour

for International Women’s Day

In art deco city town hall Hackney women in grey skirts

and stilettos

mounted purple green and white balloons

in the rafters

Last March my grandson spotted purple balloons

trapped on high wires and shouted

Grandma Balloons

White like lilies in the valley stand for purity

Green is the colour of hope and new life

Purple majestic is for dignity and self-respect.