Saturday, April 1, 2017

Writing the Rainbow Poem #1 - Carnation Pink

Welcome to my National Poetry Month project for 2017!  Students - Each day of April 2017, I will close my eyes, and I will reach into my box of 64 Crayola crayons.

Aerial View of Crayola Box
Photo by Georgia LV

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

I welcome any classrooms of poets who wish to share class poems (class poems only please) related to each day's color (the one I choose or your own).  Please post your class poem or photograph of any class crayon poem goodness to our Writing the Rainbow Padlet HERE.  (If you have never posted on a Padlet, it is very easy.  Just double click on the red background, and a box will appear.  Write in this box, and upload any poemcrayon sharings you wish.)

And's crayon.  Carnation Pink!

by Amy LV

Students - Misty is a real cat I know, and she wanders around her apartment building making friends with everyone.  Her real owner is very generous, allowing everyone to pet her and be her good buddy.  And Misty must feel like she has many many family members, all behind different doors.

When I chose Pink Carnation as today's color, one of the first things I thought of is a pink cat nose.  What could be cuter?  When I wrote today's poem, I read each word and line out loud over and over again as I was working toward a run-on, conversational feeling.  I wanted this poem to feel breathless, the way that I speak when I feel excited.

If you are Writing the Rainbow with me, you might choose to connect the color you choose today to a creature...or not.  Colors can take us anywhere.  And if you'd like to join in with Carnation Pink, please do!

Don't miss the links to all kinds of Poetry Month goodness up there in my upper left sidebar.  Happy first day of National Poetry Month.  Meow!

Please share a comment below if you wish.


  1. You've set a sweet scene, that morning love of this kitty, making her? nearly always missing that bus. Wonderful start to your "color-filled" month, Amy!

  2. You're off to a lovely start!

  3. Love!!! As always, Amy, you inspire me in so many ways! I'm reminded of Jess Keating's book, PINK IS A BLOBFISH!

  4. Love reading about your process. I am partial to this poem as I have kitties that welcome me outside. They follow me and Charlie on our walks. I used the pink carnation as a muse today to write a tanka.

  5. I went back and re-read it as fast as I could, but then found I had to slow down at the end to feel that terrific change ! I have always been partial to kitties with sweet pink carnation noses. Off to a great start for Writing the Rainbow. Now I am going to listen to you read it. Sharing with teacher friends. You are so clever!!

    Janet F.

  6. I love the crayon idea, Amy. We'll have to give it a try in my class. Promise to share!

  7. Meow! I love carnation pink kitty noses! You definitely captured the breathlessness of nearly missing the bus!