Black is the night
When there is no light in sight.
A rarity these days when instead of stark,
Our Earth glows in the dark.
Black is a hole from which
you cannot emerge.
Endlessly falling into the depths
Until you find yourself submerged.
Black is a classically styled dress
All fancy and new.
Worn to impress your suitor
Or, others who view.
Black is a cast iron pan,
Seasoned with grease.
Cooking on these darker days,
can give us all some peace.
Black is the superstition of a cat to which
You are afraid of being too near.
It can represent strong emotions,
Just like other humans you now fear.
Black is an Onyx so brilliantly gleaming,
That you can imagine your grandma’s bracelet.
And, when you do,
the memory sets your tears streaming.
Black is a color that is often maligned,
but is it one of my favorites, I cannot deny.
All the colors in one, this dark handsome hue,
Black is a color that for me remains so true.
I could not let the Slice of Life Challenge end without a Color Poem. Color poems are great projects to work on with children. They can really grab some great images to put with their words. During our month-long poetry unit with Writer’s Circle, color poems were always a favorite! My inspiration for these poems comes from Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary O’Neil (1961). It is a classic book that I’ve used as a fantastic mentor text with my former students. If you are interested in this type of poem, I would highly recommend checking O’Neil’s book out!