Color Poems

My 1st stained glass piece- inspired by the vibrant colors in nature
My 1st stained glass piece- inspired by the vibrant colors in nature

Color is one of the best sources for artistic inspiration. Because people can easily create color metaphors, it is also a wonderful topic for poetry. During the poetry unit in my 8th grade Language Arts class, I have my students create color poems. The poems that come from this assignment are incredible! The creativity and individuality of each student shines through as they apply their knowledge of poetic devices in an enjoyable (and meaningful) way. My color poem examples (below) show students that color can have both positive and negative connotations. I chose to pay homage to the color black. Which color will you choose?

Ode to Black

Black is a whisper dancing in silence,

A simple and sincere “I love you”

Before we fall asleep.

Black is the night sky adorned with diamonds,

Jewels that glitter until the dawn.

Black is the dress that makes me look skinny

Just in time for our dinner reservations.

Black is my absolute favorite pen,

Ink flowing smoothly, captured thoughts on whatever’s
closest;

Paper, napkin, receipt, hand.

Black is the dark corner

Where we hide our kisses from prying eyes.

Black is the television screen

Because we choose to have a conversation instead.

Black is a Tahitian pearl pendant,

Iridescent graduation gift.

Black is the raven

Black is the crow,

Most intelligent birds,

Precise and protective,

Opportunists proactively pondering the next move.

Black is the tablet of missing pages,

Evidence of my first love letters to you.

Black is the shading in my tattoos,

Five-pronged needle breathing life into pictures

I wish to keep forever.

Black is the sand squished between our toes

On a sunshiny day in mid-July.

Black is a mystery,

Beauty in black,

A secret kept from everyone

But us.

-K.Koali H.

Odium to Black

Black is a shadow, stale sliver of darkness

Untouchable, elusive.

Black is burnt toast

When you’re already late for work.

Black is the heart of a cheating lover,

Giver of lies, taker of trust.

Black is the ash of destruction,

Corpses stained by charred remains.

Black be the spot sending ye

To Davy Jones locker for all yar eternity.

Black is the eye

That shouldn’t have been looking in the first place.

Black is the book of numbers

That you shouldn’t have in your underwear drawer.

Black is the box, lone survivor,

Keeper of secrets, buried deep below

Twisted metal and broken glass.

Black is a cavity

Slowly

Decaying

Eroding my ability to enjoy a Snickers.

Black is an empty trashcan

Surrounded by litter, feeling useless

Invisible, unwanted.

Black is the widow sobbing

Hunched over a fresh grave,

Brave soldier sent home with a flag and a casket.

Black is the rabid dog

Made strong with rocks and chains.

Black is the night you walked away.

Black because you never came back.

-K.Koali H.

Silver

Silver is a mirror,

My reflections and memories.

Silver is a shiver,

Shaking off the cold.

Silver is the fence that keeps my dog

From biting you,

Luckily, it’s also the chain that keeps your dog from biting me.

See the silver sparkle in our eyes because we feel protected.

Silver is the rim of my grandpa’s

Bud Light can,

Moist with condensation

As he talks away the afternoon.

Silver on the table,

His coins for gambling

Which, little does he know,

Will end up in my pocket anyway.

Silver are the tears streaming,

Hearts cold like the stainless steel

Countertop in the doctor’s office

When you’re afraid of the test results.

Silver is the bullet

You shot into my soul

On the night you walked out of my life.

Starlight dancing over

My heartbroken face.

Silver is the surfer

On a Marvel comic book,

Fighting crime one page at a time.

Silver is the transformer

In my brother’s toy box

Before he left it out in the rain to rust.

Silver is admiration, vanity, and hope.

Silver is everything and nothing at all.

~K. Koali H.

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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States

These are beautiful, the two shades of black. My favorite line, "... Eroding my ability to enjoy a Snickers.." made me laugh while the bereft trash can surrounded by litter made me think. Thank you.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Hello TattooKitty ~ I gave you a "beautiful" rating for these two Black Poems. Finding the beauty in something so dark that no light penetrates or absorbs all light like a blackhole. Blessings, Debby


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

I am really surprised! My least favorite color. I wasn't sure what to expect. I found more "truth" or profoundness in the odium. I think maybe there were instances in there where I could relate.

Very well done. You took a scary color and breathe truth and life into it.


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TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii Author

Thanks for the wonderful comments! I hope my color poems have inspired you to write some too ;0) Big hugs!!


Tiffani 5 years ago

I love the line Black is a mystery.AWESOME!!!


vannah 5 years ago

hey ms.higman why is all your poems about the color black well i really cant talk because mine is all about love and how hearts get broken so yah


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TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii Author

Hi Savannah! I thought you knew that my favorite color was black. Anyway, that's why I chose it. I also wrote a color poem about the color silver which I'll share with you in class (if I can find it...lol!)


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

Beauty is black, a mystery. You ve painted pictures in my heart with your words. Absolutely brilliant. Kudos!


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TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii Author

Thanks Ubani!!! ;) Vannah- I added the "Silver" color poem for you (see...I'm not so dark after all...lol!)


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Shaisty-Chase-Tea 5 years ago from The Outskirts

black is the air in the lungs that wants to be laid out in a clever pattern of literacy...

Gray is the heart that keeps half of the air from reaching it's destination...

silver is transmophic, like molding a cast iron depiction of a dragon,

which is then painted in all the colors of the rainbow... which is why my black air force ones have rainbow shoelaces, or maybe i just like to show off for my uppers in theory, cause i always was a teachers pet


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TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii Author

Oooooh...that gray line is FAB!!!


jami l. pereira 5 years ago

Very beautiful and poignant is color , i voted up,awesome,and beautiful , because they are! thanks for the read!:)


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TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii Author

Thanks for the votes jami! ;)


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

Black is my favorite color. I loved interplay of color black in your poetry.


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TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii Author

Thanks Vinaya! Color poems are truly fun to write!!


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epigramman 5 years ago

..actually black is not a color it's an attitude so says the epi-man .......but I love your poetic writing here and must tattoo this most beautiful hub subject of yours to the millions of children who follow me on Facebook (they call me their pied piper) with a direct link back here.

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TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii Author

Hi epigramman (aka the pied piper)!! Glad you could share this fun poetry activity with your Facebook followers ;) Also- check out my hubs on abcedarian and birthday poems!! Hugs to you and yours!!


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

TattooKitty, you really touched me with this poem. How clever to get the children to be creative too.

l loved how you spoke of the diffeences in black. Bad and good. Silver , l have always loved but never have l though it would make such good poetry.

You sure have a gift.


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TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii Author

Howdy, Dim Flaxenwick! Many thanks for your sweet comment!! My students really enjoy writing these color poems- the theme is wonderful for displaying one's personal feelings about color. Hope I inspired you to put the pen to paper ;)


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qlcoach 5 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

Yes to your colors and beautiful mind pictures. You are clearly in touch with the creative spirit within. Sending you beacons of rainbow-colored Light. Peace...Gary. Oh, I write about emotional recovery and miracles. Aloha.


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TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii Author

Aloha qlcoach! Much thanks for your heartfelt words. Sending a rainbow of sparkles back-at-cha! Hugs!!


jeshani 4 years ago

i love the coler poems lolz....im 12 years old in my class we are lerning about poems!!!!lolz anyway i love love the poems you did!!!have a good wonderful day!


kittykat 4 years ago

roocking poem!u sure have a gift!


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TattooKitty 4 years ago from Hawaii Author

Thanks for reading, folks!!

@jeshani- Thank you for your sweet comment! Glad to hear you're enjoying learning about poetry...keep writing!!

@Kittykat- Awww, shucks~ *blushes* ~thanks, dear!! I love your screen name!


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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona

Awesome poems tattookitty! I love them. Black holds the essence of all colors within, great choice.


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TattooKitty 4 years ago from Hawaii Author

Thanks April!! I haven't written a poem in months; perhaps the bold colors of autumn can provide me some inspiration...


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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

I wish you would have been my 8th grade teacher!


something 14 months ago

hello guyz

do u know where i can find examples of color poems??

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