Sunday, April 30, 2017

Final Day of Writing the Rainbow #30 - Magenta

Welcome to the final day of my National Poetry Month project for 2017!  Students - Each day of April 2017, I closed my eyes, and I reached into my box of 64 Crayola crayons.

Aerial View of Crayola Box
Photo by Georgia LV

Each day I chose a crayon (without looking), pulling this crayon out of the box. This daily selected crayon in some way inspired the poem for the next day.  Each day of this month, I chose a new crayon, thinking and writing about one color every day for a total of 30 poems inspired by colors.

As of April 2, it happened that my poems took a turn to all be from the point of view of a child living in an apartment building.  So, you'll notice this thread running through the month of colors. I'd not planned was a writing surprise.

Thank you to the many students and teachers and classrooms who shared on our Writing the Rainbow Padlet - HERE.  There is so much joy and so much color here! 

Here you can see the colors for the whole month, displayed on a glorious colorful calendar made by Deb Frazier's first graders in Ohio.  Thank you, young poets!

Writing the Rainbow Calendar
by Deb Frazier and Her First Grade Poets

Here is a list of this month's Writing the Rainbow Poems:

And's crayon, the last one.  Magenta!

New Girl and Bike
by Amy LV

Students -  Today's poem is my final poem for the Writing the Rainbow series.  It felt right to take this time to refer back to some of this month's earlier poems.  If you read the poem below, you will see that I have linked lines to previous poems where connections exist.

New Girl

She has a lot of braids
and a cool magenta bike.
(She rides it on the sidewalk.)
I think I’m going to like
to have a new kid living here.
(She’s moving into Number 2.)
I really like her bike a lot.
(I wonder if she shares.)

© Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
National Poetry Month 2017
(Poem inspired by Crayola’s Magenta)

If you are still Writing the Rainbow with me, perhaps you, too, will choose to connect your poems with previous poems you have written.  I've connected two poems before...but never a handful of poems as I have done today.

Colors can take us anywhere.  Please take a visit to this month's lovely Writing the Rainbow Padlet, with contributions from so many generous teachers and students and poets from everywhere!  Please feel free to add to this Padlet still, as I am sure it will continue to have curious and interested visitors.  

It has been an absolute joy to share another National Poetry Month with everyone who has stopped by to read either every day or just once in a while.  I have loved reading your poems, hearing from you, and finding new surprises in colors every single day.  Each of the poems here was written fresh for that day, and I always went with the first color offered by my box that day.  It was a blast, and I learned a lot.

Thank you, dear friends, for joining me during this colorful month: for sharing your poems and ideas, for keeping me company.  Much love to you for May.


Please share a comment below if you wish.


  1. This can't be the end for this project! A verse novel, maybe?

  2. Ruth had the idea, but it seems that you have begun a community of people all connected to those colors. This has a beautiful child's voice, Amy. just right for those wondering thoughts. Happy Poetry Month endings!

  3. I have been following your rainbow series since day 2 and enjoyed your each and every rainbow special article, today one again on last day you have completely nailed it!