For today’s prompt, let’s grab our paints and mix up a poetic palette using color. Here are a few ways you might approach the prompt:
Use a color in the title of your poem and allow that color to deliver a message.
Look back at Emmett Wheatfall’s prompt for Meeting the Bar on October 26th and choose two complementary colors (colors that are opposite of one another on the color wheel) and weave them into a single poem.
Choose colors to paint an emotion.
Pick one of the color terms explained above and use it in your verbal painting.
Choose the work of a visual artist—known or unknown—even your own, and write an ekphrasis using that piece, considering his or her use of color.
Write a poem, using colorful visual details for sensory description.
Assign a meaning to a color that seems to oppose the usual association (such as a relaxing red room).
Collaborate with a child to write a color poem. This just could introduce your child, grandchild or neighbor to the joy of poetry.
Do whatever the heck you want, but add a touch of color and have fun with it.
That was the specific challenge, but you really should visit the site. Victoria presents an excellent discussion of color, hue and value in poetry, crossing over from visual art. It’s well worth the read.
So, here is my humble word painting:
Purity of Fog
bastard child of life
shifting between values
shades of brilliant darkness
tinted with deepest light
cools to hoary reality
warming in grizzled adversity
I am drawn
in its absolute intensity