If you'd like to participate in the project, read the full the instructions at this post. Thanks to all you writerlies who have already sent a colorful piece of writing.
Flash fiction, poetry, snippets, couplets -- it's all welcome. While we're at it, let's add doodles and sketches too.
My poem for Apricot Illusion is spoken in the voice of a teenager who is into Beige Bashing.
by Laura Shovan
Mom can’t hide the truth
behind a pretty name.
She’s painting the walls
Boring beige, vanilla,
the shade of my skin.
If I stood here undressed
I’d fade in--
dissolve in these walls,
a strange floating head,
an aimless ghost girl,
Imagine our kitchen
in Daiquiri Green,
Beach Glass, Petal Pink,
brave shades Mom can’t bear.
Paint her quiet and meek,
beige walls for the one
who won’t speak.
Apricot hint of sweet
I can almost smell
when I step out the door
Tomorrow, you have three color choices for DAY 2 of the Pantone® Poetry Project:
You'll find some suggested prompts at this post.
Here's another color-related writing prompt: use one of the above colors to write a character sketch. Why do you associate the person you're describing (living or imaginary) with this color?
I apologize for posting so late today. My Saturday morning was getting up at four a.m. for a field hockey tournament in Pennsylvania.
Speaking of sports, if you're a football fan, you'll be wearing your team's colors tomorrow, SuperBowl Sunday. They are:
What? Your team's not going to the big dance? You can find a full listing of NFL teams' official colors at this website. As for me, I bleed Ravens purple.
You do that sassy teen voice well. The poem I'm working on includes cosmic sky.
Thanks, Margaret. I have two excellent models for the sassy teen voice readily available. Isn't "Cosmic Sky" lovely?
I love the ending! My mother always told me never to wear black. That it would make me look like "death warmed over." Would you like to guess how many black sweaters I own today?
Speaking of teen voices, did you see the clip of Meryl Streep on Ellen's show? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8TSBw5JiWE
Oh how we loved to disrespect our mothers, & you've caught that tone well, so scared of "If I stood here undressed I’d fade in-- dissolve in these walls, a strange floating head, an aimless ghost girl, nearly dead." and wanting to be noticed, to be free as when she leaves. Nice, Laura! And thanks for the team colors-guess I'd better pay attention! It's THE day!
Here's for Feb. 2, Laura:
It’s a comfort to think about the seeds
pushed into dark earth, expectations known.
They will become what’s theirs alone.
Yet, I wonder while I plant,
like humans given the gift of choice,
would violets prefer a rose’s voice?
Linda Baie ©All Rights Reserved
Cosmic Sky is too pretty a color to let go by, so here's my take on it.
Q: And the Chances Are?
This sky, some are quick to say,
is a gorgeous shade of blue,
others will insist it's violet.
We each prefer our different hues.
Let's establish a name
for the color of the firmament,
and while we're at it, we'll decree
peace for humanity, too.
A: Slim and None.
© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved
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