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Hello dear poets!

Michelle Beauchamp (aka Mish) here bringing you Tuesday’s Poetics.

Writing from a perspective other than our own is a great challenge. We’ve had some very interesting prompts over the years where we have climbed out of our comfort zones to look through a new lens. That has usually involved looking through the eyes of another person. I’d like to float a little further into the unknown and suggest we take the perspective of a color. (or “colour’ as we spell it  in Canada)

Colours have often been considered as evoking a specific mood or emotion. They have been carefully chosen to represent many aspects of our daily lives…everything from traffic lights to religion.  We have interpreted them through our own eyes. We think of pink as a symbol of love and romance. Blue brings tranquility. White has been associated with purity. In the Western world, when someone is angry, they “see red”. On the contrary, in Japan, red symbolizes happiness and joy. In South Africa, red is the color of mourning. Hmm.. I wonder what red sees.

I wonder what other colors see. Maybe the vibe and personality of each colour is just as we have perceived it. Maybe not. Maybe some colors would like to rebel against the stereotypes we have place upon them. The voice of your poem could validate what we’ve thought to be true or…….not. You might choose a color that has been overlooked….like a soft shade of beige. What does he or she have to say?

These websites listing colors with their associated traits may help to get you started.



So… let’s leave reality for awhile, slip out of our human bodies and become nothing but a color. Are you there? Great. Now write us a poem.

Here’s how to join in:

  • Write a poem from the perspective of a color and post it to your blog.
  • Click on Mr. Linky below to add your name and direct url to your poem.
  • Add a link for dVerse on your page so others can find us as well.
  • Visit other poets on the list to read their poems and comment.
  • Take a seat at the pub to say hello.
  • Have fun!


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