(I wrote this piece last summer to a poetry challenge in the "fantasy" genre. However, I thought of it in thanks to you for your offer of friendship.) "Under A Purple Moon" At that evening's sunset, a sudden bursting solar shower Pummeled her shoddy shanty woodland bower And quickly, she ran out with pots and cups To catch whatever pouring release From her planet's shining orb, hued in deep Cerise But, it was too brief So, endeavoring to philanthropic relief Waited until the bloom Of the Purple Moon She, then, sifting through the city's refuse pile Digs and gropes for bits of shattered sunshine To give to the "Ancients" Warmth and a long-gone smile But she, tattered and dirty had a heart and soul, benign While the "Ancients" huddled, hungry and sad Within the city's excavated ruins Possessing nothing to make them glad Nor present any joy to their lives In their realm, only despair survives So she, hearing of their sun's healing properties And its exultant, mirthful tendencies Sought not for herself but for others.... But while there, she discovered a treasure trove As she huffed and puffed and heaved and hoved Through rotting mounds of putrid debris Eureka!....a virtual, vivid visual potpourri Of precious finds! Some wasteful, ungrateful wealthy one Had thrown away a bountiful stash So, with a rock, she broke open the locked cache Revealing vials of various jewels! Along with the Sun chips There were bottles of prism-ed delights! Water dipped from "Chestnut Lake" *Legends said its taste would slake Any thirst and hunger* Also, pebbles chipped from the summit of "Mount Tangerine" *Someone had climbed heights few had ever seen!* And even these, heated, were professed to relieve Aches and pains, granting a long-lasting reprieve Every capped glass Contained some colorful mass Subtracted from her planet's landscape So, she carefully looked about Then slid and skulked to her exit route And ran as fast as her feet would fly Now, she and the "Ancients" Would benefit from this bountiful supply! Thank you, again, for your hand in friendship.