Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Writing the Rainbow Poem #18 - Blue

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 this...it 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 now...today's crayon. Blue!

Everybody Goes Here
by Amy LV

Students - I must admit that it was rather exciting to pull classic Blue from my box (eyes closed!) yesterday.  And in thinking about the poem, my mind went in several directions.  I found myself drifting around our young friend's building, considering important building places from times from my own apartment-living experience. The laundry room is an important place, and it is a place where you often meet up with others from your building.

I am personally a laundry hugger, and when I visit schools, I often share my poem Laundry Hugging, so you may know this fact about me.  It made me giggle to see this fact show up in yet another little poem. It is true that each of us has themes in our writing, ideas and thoughts that appear again and again.  You will only discover these if you write a lot, though, so this is one great reason to keep a notebook. Keeping a notebook over time helps you discover your own themes and recurring thoughts and wonderings and hopes.

You might have noticed that some of the clothing items in today's poem connect back to residents of this building.  Who do you think owns which items?  (I am curious about the wearer of the footie pajamas with googly-eyed owls.) Having these folks rejoin me in new poems here and there has been a joy of this month. Writing is full of surprises around each corner.

If you are Writing the Rainbow with me, perhaps your color for today will make you think of a place or a chore or a small tradition or ritual from your life.  You'll see!

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 growing every day, full of ideas and poems by poets of all ages.

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

Please share a comment below if you wish.


  1. Love how there's a link between some of the clothing and their owners in the building. When I saw blue and laundry, I thought of blue feelings. Instead, you've made an outing to the laundry room exciting!

  2. Yup. I always hug my towels When they come warm and fluffy from the dryer!