Paint Chip Poetry: Playing with Poetry #playingwithpoetryNPM 19/30

This month, I’m tagging along with ChristieMargaretJoneMary Lee, and other writers to play with poetry for National Poetry Writing Month. I’ll be creating poems using haikubes, metaphor dice, magnet poetry, paint chips and anything else that catches my fancy.

Today I decided to try a paint chip poem based on Margaret’s color poem for kindergarteners. I separated my paint chips into color stacks–and learned that I am very attracted to blues and grays (SO many gray paint chips) and apparently not attracted to red at all (only 4 red paint chips in my giant stack!). I did have enough pink to try to make a poem, and some of the pink colors were fun: pretty rascal, follow your heart, mermaid cheeks. But I couldn’t quite make the poem work, so I looked online for more pink paint colors. It turns out that the folks who name paint colors really like to include the word pink in every pink color. And then a different, silly poem began taking shape. Believe me when I say this could have gone on forever. I had a lot of fun playing with the sound and rhythm of each line. Starting with “full bloom,” every word in the poem is a paint chip color.

this pink poem is in full bloom

Pink plink, pink plunge,
pink wink, pink fun,
pink frenzy, pink flutter,
pink piggy, pink pagoda,
baby pink, carefree pink,
bridal pink, champagne pink,
pink corsage, pink prom,
pink pearl, pink shell,
pink sand, pink ground,
pink icing, pink crown.

Tulip pink, polka pink,
cameo pink, pink camellia,
begonia pink, pink bougainvillea,
pink odyssey, pink destiny,
pink harmony, pink memory,
warm pink, sweet pink,
radiant pink, barely pink,
savvy pink, plaster pink,
watermelon pink, oh so pink.






5 responses to “Paint Chip Poetry: Playing with Poetry #playingwithpoetryNPM 19/30”

  1. margaretsmn Avatar

    One of my students recently wrote a post about pink being her favorite color. I told her the lines could become a poem. I want to show her your poem. She will love it with all her pink heart.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      This was definitely NOT what I was intending today, but that’s part of the fun of playing with poetry: you can see what happens when you sit down with your creative tools. I also love pink!

  2. Juliana Ellington Avatar
    Juliana Ellington

    This is so fun!! I’m trying to imagine ‘pink frenzy’ and ‘pink memory’.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      The pinks are CRAZY! I was still trying to write a poem that meant something until I saw “pink plink” and then I was done. I had to collect different pink colors and do a list mash-up. Pink frenzy is VERY pink, and pink memory is almost beige. Is that what you imagined?

  3. […] a paint chip poem using Margaret’s paint chip poem for kindergarten writers ended up in a very different poem. So today I tried again. Words in bold are paint chip […]

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