April 21, 2019: Poetry Writing Prompt – Michael Griffith

This poetry writing prompt submitted by Michael Griffith:

Take a dozen or so Crayola crayons from a large box at random.

Now swap the descriptive words in their names with colors. Robin Egg goes with White now, not Blue. Unmellow now goes with Red, not Yellow.

In cases where you have a fair number of one-word names, combine these. Shadow-Gold. Aquamarine Copper.

(If you don’t have these crayons on-hand, Google search their names.)

Write a poem using at least three of these newly combined colors. Some may not seem to make perfect matches at first, like robin egg white or aquamarine copper, but let these stretch your descriptive muscles and grow your landscapes (the aquamarine clouds in my coppery sky, for instance).

Further, can you create a neon grey flavor or smell? An apricot textured blazer or scarf? Unmellow red could be how a phone ringtone sounds. Appeal to several senses in your poem.

If you write a poem from this prompt, post it as a comment underneath the prompt in the Poetry Super Highway Facebook Group.

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