deep pink is a lullaby for later life. It celebrates survival, gives license to adventure, the transformative power of the imagination and self-appreciation. The poem takes inspiration from firebird legends of the flamingo, the phoenix bird, who reinvents itself through flame. Trapped in darkness by the imposed orthodoxies of others, a woman follows instinct and a trail of colour to re-imagine herself feather by feather. The malleability and mutability of memory give her the wings to evade confinement. By recalling more sustaining memories she shifts perspective and nurtures herself into flight.
As psychologist William James explains, memories can be carved from both reality and our dreams.