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NaPoWriMo Poetry Prompt 5: All the Colors of the Rainbow

Sarah and Jeff Boyle

Difficulty Level 1/5

Today we're writing the rainbow. Or at least a sliver of it. Pick a color out of the standard ROY G BIV array and write it down. Now brainstorm as many ideas about that color as you can. We thought about animals, plants & landscapes, people, foods, and moods & ideas. Jeff came up with this:

Then he wrote this poem:

Orange
The autumn leaves are finally turning,
after a season of warm
sunsets blazing their reflections
off the water of the lake.
The children who live next door
bounce their basketball
incessantly and keep an eye out for visiting
orioles and curious
foxes nosing around their pumpkins,
hollow and jack o' lantern'd,
complete with candles lit and flames dancing.
It's Thanksgiving, decked out with sweet
potatoes (and pie!),
pumpkins (and pie!),
and marmalade for fresh bread,
gerbera daisies and tiger lilies part
of the centerpiece for the table.
Despite the chill,
a fire roars in its place,
we are splayed on couches,
blanketed,
ready to watch Finding Nemo for the 100,000th time.

If you want a fresh, clean copy of our brainstorming sheet, click here for a PDF copy. Fill it out and then turn it into a poem. Send it to us, if you feel so inclined, and you may see it right here on this blog: flashbangwriting@gmail.com.


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