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ROY G BIV Colors My World, A Poem

Updated on April 10, 2012
Rainbow from my backyard.
Rainbow from my backyard. | Source
Crayola Factory in Easton, Pennsylvania
Crayola Factory in Easton, Pennsylvania | Source


cherry red
cherry red | Source

Orange and Yellow

Pumpkins in the fall.
Pumpkins in the fall. | Source
beauty of the leaves
beauty of the leaves | Source

Green and Blue

A peacock struts its stuff.
A peacock struts its stuff. | Source
Frog on a lily pad.
Frog on a lily pad. | Source
Lake Superior
Lake Superior | Source

Animate and inanimate,

Large and small,

Roy G Biv colors my world.

Santa's cherry cheeks,

Dark crimson roses,

Roy G Biv colors my world.

Close to me,

And far away,

Roy G Biv colors my world.

Bright tangerines,

Deep orange pumpkins,

Roy G Biv colors my world.

In my past, my present,

And my future,

Roy G Biv colors my world.

Fields of corn,

Rays of sunshine,

Roy G Biv colors my world.

In those things that I see,

And those that I dream,

Roy G Biv colors my world.

Freshly cut grass,

Majestic evergreens,

Roy G Biv colors my world.

In the sparkle of an eye,

And the twinkle of a smile,

Roy G Biv colors my world.

The splash of a raindrop,

The sweetness of a blueberry,

Roy G Biv colors my world.

In the daily grind,

And the special moments,

Roy G Biv colors my world.

The wings of a Bunting,

The crunch of eggplant,

Roy G Biv colors my world.

Every moment,

Every breath,

Roy G Biv colors my world.

Inspiration of this poem

As I look around each day, there is such beauty in the world that is often taken for granted. Colors surround and consume us. From the clothes that we wear, to the foods that we eat, to the paint on our walls, color is everywhere. Many decisions that we make in our lives are based on color. The kind of car that we will drive. The sweater that best shows off our eyes. The bridesmaids' dresses in a wedding. And yet we do not often think about the impact of Roy G Biv.

For those who are not familiar with the term ROY G BIV. It refers to the colors in the rainbow in the order in which they appear. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. ROY G BIV is an acronym used to remember these colors. I first learned this term back in elementary school and it has never left my mind. Each time I see a rainbow, ROY G BIV instantly pops into my mind. But as with most people, I do not pay as close attention to the colors that surround us daily until I see the beauty of a rainbow. It is then that I am reminded of the way that color feeds our minds, bodies, and souls.

So I encourage you as you step out into your life today, notice the world around you. Pay special attention to the colors. What colors are you drawn to? Are there any colors that evoke a particular mood for you? What ever you may find, be present in your life. Become a participant in your life and not a spectator, and let the colors of the world help you along the way.

As you finish reading this hub, please feel free to comment and share how color impacts your life, or maybe how you will look at color a little differently today.

Indigo and Violet

Irises | Source
Purple flower
Purple flower | Source


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    • cardelean profile image

      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      Interesting that everyone that has commented thus far has said blue, I guess it's a winner! Thanks for reading and commenting Mary.

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      I love color. My favorite is blue. Makes me feel good.

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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      I like the deeper shades as well Aunt Danette. Thanks for sharing.

      Glad you enjoyed it Mom. Couldn't find a good picture of a rainbow from my photos to use so I chose the crayons instead. Blue must be a family thing because it's my favorite too.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Cara-YOur poem turned out just lovely. I'm so glad you submitted it. Beautiful photos-such rich colors; perfect for this hub. I half expected a rainbow to show up here as well. :)

      Let me say that you played with word choice in a very delightful way: The sparkle of an eye, the twinkle of a smile' for instance; and the words: wings/crunch/splash/sweetness bring vivid impressions to one's mind. I also liked: in the daily grind and the special moments...every moment...every breath. Wonderful!

      Like Aunt Danette, I also do not recall learning, thanks for the lesson. :) Rated up/across

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      I never heard that term before - Roy G biv - or if I did I'd forgotten it. The color that always catches my attention and that I am always attracted to is blue, preferably the deeper shades. In fact, I prefer the deeper, jewel shades of all the colors, I don't like pastels - too weak. Red is a close second after blue, but it has to be a true red, not an orange-red.

      I love dark greens, like the green of Scarlet O'Hara's dress she made out of the parlor drapes when she went to see Rhett Butler in jail. And deep purples. Orange and yellow don't do too much for me. Blue is definitely the top choice.

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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for sharing your favorites Flora. There are so many beautiful colors in nature. Glad you stopped by.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      I always think of flowers, trees and sunsets. And, obviously, rainbows after the rain. I love red and purple, especially (in this case, indigo/violet)