Elly’s Mood Ring

When she was single,
too goody-two shoes to
go marijuana mellow,
she was often as black and yellow
as a honeybee,
all abuzz with hyperactivity.

When she was in the same room
with her cray-cray family,
she was orange to green-peridot,
turning a lighter green
the more distance she put
between her parents and bros.

With friends,
she was blue-green fading into blue,
for they’d been with her through
it all—
the better and the worse,
the blessed and the cursed.

Then she met Eddy—
a no-drama hunk-o-rama—
who turned her pink
with just one wink.

With him,
she was totally in the mood,
her eyes vacillating from violet-burgundy
to indigo blue.

In turn,
Eddy loved that to read her moods,
all he had to do was look at her ring—
but when they wed,
and she replaced
that vintage bling
with her engagement and wedding rings,
she became a mystery to him,
keeping him guessing
for the rest of his life
(if not hers,
as he was the first to die).

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