Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Writing the Rainbow Poem #12 - Red Violet

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.

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.

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.)

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

And's crayon.  Red Violet!

by Amy LV

Students - One of the best parts of living in an apartment building is all of the different people you get to see every single day.  When you live in an apartment building, your life brushes up against the lives of so many, and you can feel the links between people in an enchanting way. I also feel this when riding a city bus or a subway or an airplane.  We are so connected.

Today's poem is about a quirkly little habit that some of us have...and about learning that you're not alone in your strange habits or in life.

If you are Writing the Rainbow with me, feel free to allow yourself to find your writing idea in a quirky habit or in a surprise connection between humans.

Colors can take us anywhere.  And if you'd like to join in with your own poem at our Writing the Rainbow Padlet, please do! It is quite a beautifully hopping place.

If you missed our #NCTEchat, "The Art and Joy of Poetry" the other night on Twitter, you can visit the archive HERE.

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

Please share a comment below if you wish.


  1. Love this response to being around so many people whether it's in an apartment building or on a plane: " can feel the links between people in an enchanting way." And that unfriendly Mr. Mick, I think he just became a friend!

  2. Joy in uniqueness! Kindred souls are easy to recognize if they wear their idiosyncrasies with pride!