Sunday, April 30, 2017

DAY 30 ~ How to Write a "Color Poem" for “30 Poems in 30 Days" #NationalPoetryMonth


This is our last day for National Poetry Month ~ I hope you all have had as much fun as I have. Today, let’s do a simple little poetic form ~ a “COLOR POEM.” There are actually several ways to write a color poem if you care to Google it but for our purposes we are going to follow this one. It’s sweet and simple. I like it because it has a metaphor and three similes and ya’ll know I am partial to using parts of speech when writing poetry. So here goes:

This poem is just four lines. So short and simple perhaps you will want to do several color poems using a different color each time.

REMEMBER:

A “metaphor” uses the word is. It’s a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to draw a comparison. It is not the same as a simile.

A simile uses the word like or as in order to make a comparison, whereas metaphors use is or are. So if you say “If I were” or “If you were” and named the thing (noun), it is a metaphor.

A metaphor: Your hair is golden flax.
A simile: Your hair is like golden flax.

Here is the pattern for our color poem:
Line 1: metaphor ~ what “feeling” does this color give you – call it that
Line 2: simile ~ example using a simile
Line 3: simile ~ another example using a simile
Line 4: simile ~ final example using a simile
And that’s as easy as it gets!!

And here is a VERY simple sample (did you like that little “alliteration?)


Blue is peace.
Like the end of a perfect day.
Like the smile of a newborn
As comforting as a downy quilt.
© 2017 Stephanie Abney

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3 comments:

Vicki said...

Day 30-Color poem

Yellow is the sun
Like a downy new duckling
Like happiness personified
As soul lightening as the Savior

Peggy Barker said...

I did two for the same color because it is all about your perspective.

Blue is sad and depressing.
Like when you don't get asked out for prom,
Like when you are the last one chosen for a team,
When it is raining all day and you step in a puddle.

Blue is wonderful.
Like spring time and sunshine,
Like a fresh breeze on a warm day,
When everything is going your way.

Heidi Murphy said...

Here's mine. I just love Indigo (dark lavender) so my poem's on that:
https://murph4slaw.blogspot.com/2017/04/color-poem-indigo-national-poetry-month.html

I just want to say what a lovely month I've had working at your side, Stephanie. It's been fun to learn new types of poetry. I've enjoyed doing this all the years you've done it. Thank you so much for spearheading this endeavor. Hopefully we've all become better poets.
Now it's time to get back to writing sci fi and mayhem...;o)