April 12, 2016

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Today's Forecast: 2014 Pantone Poetry Project

Take out your electric blankets, everybody. The Polar Vortex has returned.
Temperature map from Foot's Forecast.

It was eleven degrees out when I went to bed last night. Ha! After this winter—when we saw the thermometer dip to 1 (yes, ONE) in January--I scoff at double digit temperatures. You call this cold?

Writerly Friends, I’m glad we have some fair-weather colors to work with today. It is Day 23 of the Pantone Poetry Project. (Read a full description of the project and how to participate here.) I think you’ll be surprised where Solar Power, Gulf Stream, and Nimbus Cloud take us.

Day 23 Solar Power
Pantone ®  13-0759
Day 23 Gulf Stream
Pantone ®  14-4511
Day 23 Nimbus Cloud
Pantone ®  13-4108
Poet Patricia VanAmburg often draws from the well of mythology, one of her areas of expertise, for her poems. Patricia is a professor at Howard Community College and has traveled with students to Athens and Crete.

Persephone holding patera.

by Patricia VanAmburg

Nimble Nimbus—even when you are not
cumulus as could be—you hold enough
moisture to force Persephone’s bloom.

Patricia and I were surprised to find that both of us found the word “nimble” in our cloud poems. As I was researching the etymology of the words “nimble” and “nimbus,” I happened to find the news story that inspired my Nimbus Cloud poem.

Snow on Mars
By Laura Shovan

A laser instrument designed to gather knowledge of how the atmosphere and surface interact on Mars has detected snow from clouds about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) above the spacecraft’s landing site. 9/29/08

The air is on Mars is quick to seize each flake.
Snow sublimes before it touches down
on red soil. Am I nimble enough
to comprehend the thought?
Snow on Mars: a dusting, white
as the puffs of snow that fell
yesterday morning. I was home,
watched light footed snow
fill the sky, the trees. Nimbus
from nabu, the Sanskrit word
for sky. Even on other worlds,
nimbus clouds are darker, dense
with water. They hang low
in the Martian sky, round as apples,
waiting for our grasp.

Diane Mayr of Random Noodling turns our attention to the sun with her take on the color Solar Power.

by Diane Mayr

You might say
his daily trip from
east to west is
all in his head.
Answer: Sunflower 

Got a poem or response to today’s colors? Feeling sorry for Gulf Stream (it got no attention today)? There’s still time to add a poem or sketch. Put your written response to one of our colors in the comments. I’ll add it by the end of the day.

UPDATE: Thanks to Linda Baie, we now have a poem for Gulf Stream. (Actually, Linda included all three colors in her four-line poem.)

The nursery painting
by Linda Baie

The brush sweeps a nimbus cloud
over the gulf stream sky
with the solar powered smile.
The boy whispers, “it’s raining.”

Linda Baie ©All Rights Reserved

And one more Solar (Flower) Power, from Margaret Simon:

Spring comes
dressed in sunflower yellow
with a bow 
of golden glow. 

Margaret reports: "My students told me I hit the jackpot with 'golden glow.'" That was one of our inspiration colors on Day 10. You can read the poems  here.

We've got two food/flower-related colors for tomorrow, Day 24. I hope you'll come up with a Sweet Pea of a poem for Poetry Friday.

Day 24 Sweet Pea
Pantone ®  15-0531
Day 24 Orange Ochre
Pantone ®  16-1253
I'm already seeing Tiger Lillies...

Photo by J. Shovan


Linda B said...

These colors made us turn in different ways. Here's mine, Laura:

The nursery painting

The brush sweeps a nimbus cloud
over the gulf stream sky
with the solar powered smile.
The boy whispers, “it’s raining.”
Linda Baie ©All Rights Reserved

paricia said...

Love the "light footed snow" Laura and the apples we can pick from the sky. Your reference to the sanskrit word Nabu for sky reminds me of the Sumerian pantheon: Ki (earth) An (sky) and Nammu (watery deep). From the union of Ki and An comes Ninlil and Nanlil (air)--and from their union comes Nanna (god of the moon). Nanna's daughter is Inanna--my favorite female god.
I'm going to take a break tomorrow but will check in on all of you--and will be back with some Plein Air.

Margaret Simon said...

Laura, My students and I did our chalkabration poetry with colors, inspired by your project. I will be posting for Poetry Friday. My poem doesn't use the solar power word but the idea is there.

Spring comes
dressed in sunflower yellow
with a bow
of golden glow.

My students told me I hit the jackpot with "golden glow."

Author Amok said...

Margaret, I am SO excited to read that post tomorrow. Kudos to your kiddos! I love the combination of projects you have going on.

Patricia -- thanks for all of that info. You are brilliant. Mythology is a well which we can all draw inspiration from.