Monday, May 14, 2007

Manic Monday #12: Green

Verde que te quiero verde.
Verde viento. Verdes ramas.
El barco sobre la mar.
Y el caballo en la montaña.

(Green, how I want you green.
Green wind. Green branches.
The ship out on the sea.
And the horse on the mountain.)

-from Federico García Lorca's Romance Sonambulo

This poem is fraught with longing, an emotion that is sometimes confused with (or which can lead to) envy, which in turn can be relatively harmless or very dangerous, depending on the stability of one's mind and heart. But that's neither here nor there; I'd much rather focus on the positive, not the negative, connotations of the color green.

Such as:

Its metaphoric significance in material prosperity, enabling us to indulge in some creature comforts. Ka-ching!

Its prominence in color therapy. According to, "Green is the color of healing and traveling back in time. It will balance the emotions and brings about a feeling of calmness. Green is a good general healing color because it stimulates growth therefore it is good for helping heal broken bones - regrowth of tissue of all kinds." You or I may not believe in this, but who knows? It could be true. There are many fields of experience in the universe that are as yet unexplained by science.

Its role in humor. Who doesn't enjoy a good green joke? For those unfamiliar with the term, a green joke is simply one that is sexual in nature. Sex and laughter -- definitely the makings of good medicine!

Its ability to calm one's nerves, to soothe the mind. Who in his or her right mind can fail to find tranquility in the greenness of forests, the turquoises and aquamarines of lakes and oceans, the subtlety of new grass? It's one of the colors of spring, a season of hope, rebirth, and renewal.

I'm sending happy, healing green thoughts to a friend of mine who broke his leg recently -- in three places, no less! Heaven knows he could use some laughs. Get well soon, sweetie. Don't lose that smile.


Manic Mondays is the brainchild of Morgen over at It's a Blog Eat Blog World! Try it, you might like it. :-)


Travis said...

I always thought sexual humor was called blue. Maybe it's both.

lizza said...

Hi, Travis! I should've clarified. Here in the Philippines, when we say green jokes, we're referring to sexually loaded jokes. :-)

Have a great week!

Daddy Papersurfer said...

I've just learnt you can wiggle your ears - I'm green with envy. Can you raise one eyebrow as well?

Odat said...

Thanks for the insignts....about green. I love walking thru the woods and seeing the gives me a good feeling.... I'll send some green thoughts to your friend as well.

Matt-Man said...

Green blue? Who cares what we call it, as long as it has sex in it I am all for it. Cheers!!

Photo Cache said...

hi lizza, i run into people explaining what green jokes mean, i keep forgetting that not all we have and believe comes from America.

Lizza said...

DaddyP: I can raise either eyebrow, though I can't raise the right one as high as I can raise the left one. :-D

Odat: Thanks! Have green thoughts when you're dancing.

Matt: The humor is what's important...and sex, of course. :-D

Photo: Haha! No, surely not all. :-D

Comedy + said...

Very well said. I agree blue/green whatever! Humor and sex works for me!!! Happy MM with Mo :)

Natalia said...

OMG...I had not thought of that poem in ages. Thanks for the memories.


tegdirb92 said...

Wow!! I love this one--have a great week.

Lizza said...

Comedy+: Good thing there are lots of fun-loving people like us out there. :-D

Natalia: I just love it when someone else likes poetry I like. Glad to have brought back memories.

Tegdirb92: Thanks! Have a great one, too.

Jamie said...

Any post with the poetry of Federico García Lorca is perfect. Thank you.

Natalie said...

Who knew about all those various green things. Not me!

Mz Jackson said...

Lovely take on the topic and lovely poem! Happy MM.

lizza said...

Jamie: Another person who appreciates Lorca's poetry. I'm in heaven. Thank YOU!

Natalie: It's always nice to learn something new; I learn from you too!

Mz Jackson: Welcome! Thanks for visiting and thank you for the kind words. Happy MM!

CS said...

"Green is the color of the sparkling corn
In the morning, when we rise" (Donovan)

Just thought I'd add another green association for you!

Dan said...

Green is my absolute favorite color Lizza! Nice post! I always learn something when I stop by here!

I wish your friend a quick recovery!

lisa said...

I love green jokes! and I'm with you, I think there is a whole world of things out there that we can be open to. (Like the color therapy.) Have a great week!

Scott from Oregon said...

How did you avoid mentioning Kermit?

You are good...

Michael C said...

Here's to hoping your friend gets better. I couldn't keep thinking of a way to sneak in the phrase 'the grass is always greener on the other side.'

Chimera said...

thanks to u, i have something already in mind for next monday

Chimera said...

thanks to u, i have something already in mind for next monday

Lizza said...

CS: That just reminded me of countryside scenery here. Thanks!

Dan: Thanks! It's good to see you here again.

Lisa: You're an open-minded green joke lover? That's so cool.

Scott: Now THAT's one frog I like. :-D

Michael: Thanks. And you just did, haha!

Chimera: Oh, cool! I'll visit your blog in a bit. Thanks for stopping by.

Diesel said...

I've heard about "blue" humor, but not green. I would think green jokes would be ones that get recycled often.

Lizza said...

Hi Diesel! Yep, they get recycled often, but they're still funny. :-D