Friday, April 7, 2017

Writing the Rainbow Poem #7 - Spring Green

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 fast-growing 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:

(Winner announced in this post!)

And's crayon.  Spring Green!

The Rolliest
by Amy LV

Students - Today's poem is about something my son is learning how to do.  And about something that I kind of want to try myself, but I am a little bit nervous to try. Skateboarding!  I have recently learned that there are all kinds of special skateboarding words, words such as ollie and kickflip.  This reminds me that just about every hobby or sport has its own language and vocabulary, and so learning something new (or living with someone who is learning something new) teaches you new words.

Since my interest in skateboarding is grounded in my interest in words, I got a little bit carried away with the fun sounds of words in today's poem.  I thought that a zippyquick sound would match the feel of boarding.

Feel free to make up your own words when you need them. Regardless of how many words English has, sometimes it just might not have the one you need.  That's when you must take things into your own hands and invent.

Colors can take us anywhere.  And if you'd like to join in with us on our WRITING THE RAINBOW PADLET, please do!  It is growing like crazy, with calendars and videos and poems and book suggestions.  Please join us!  There is so much beauty there already.

Congratulations to the winner of the 10 copies of EVERY DAY BIRDS, given to celebrate the seventh birthday of The Poem Farm!  Mrs. Taylor & Mrs. Fruitt's classes have won the books to give away...Please just send me an e-mail to amy at amylv dot com with address so I can get these books to you.

Don't miss the links to all kinds of Poetry Month goodness up there in my upper left sidebar.  I'll be hosting the #NCTECHAT on Twitter this Sunday evening from 8-9pm.

Irene is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over with her amazing portrait friends.  Please swing by her online home, Live Your Poem, to enjoy the poetry festivities all around this week.  And stay awhile!

Please share a comment below if you wish.


  1. This may be my favorite so far!

  2. This poem reminds me of my childhood in the '90s, when skateboarding was starting to really get popular, and everything was EXTREME! :-)

  3. Great skateboard sketch, Amy. Spring green does have that zippy, fizzy feel of energy about to pop. You captured it in your poem.

  4. Love, love, love this one! Spring green was always one of my favorites.

  5. Skateboarders do surprise and astound, don't they? My favorite line: "rampity trickiest." So glad you had such fun today with Spring Green.

  6. This is the springiest spring green poem ever! Yes, that skateboarding scares me a bit... we have an abandoned board in our basement that's responsible for a few injuries! We need a Henry around here to enjoy it! xo

  7. This one in particular is especially fun to read out loud. It brought a big smile as I remembered my own sons and their skateboarding adventures!

  8. Oh, the title fooled me. I was expecting a spring greeny scene--of flowery things. Instead it's the joy of being OUT, for that "spring-greeny wheeliest" boy around. Wonderful!

  9. Giggling. I wrote a short story about a skateboard once - and the two stunts that have stuck with me (in memory - not ability!) are the ollie and the kickflip. I'm assuming there are many more - but those two must be the most common? Or do we just like their sound more? I love that your Spring Green poem inspired such a hip-rolly poem!

  10. My neighbor, Jack, who is 6 is learning to skateboard. I love your made up words as well as the vocabulary of skateboarding that I know nothing about. I'm amazed at the places your crayons are taking you to.

  11. What a fun poem. I love the created words.

  12. What fun language! You and Douglas Florian inspire me to invent words!!

  13. This is so much fun to read, Amy. You must have had blast writing it!