Rainbow Nation

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Fashion me you words to fold~Rainbows    (posted by Gillena)

Your challenge today toads, is to Let your words FOLD INTO AS MANY COLOURS AS YOU WISH TO ASCRIBE TO YOUR RAINBOW.

Rules of The Fold:

Constraints! Constraints! The Fold [guidelines]
1. 11 lines
2. The end phrase of Line one repeats at Lines 5 and 11
3. The rhyme of line 1 continues through in every other line
4. There must be a reference to nature and how it affect you the poet

Under skin of black, brown, or white, we are all the same.
We all bleed red blood.
A rainbow nation should be our aim.
Our costumes may be different in color,
but under yellow silk or blue cotton, we are all the same.
Take a lesson from a thriving garden–
flowers of violet, pink, and orange say, we are all the same;
we need love, water, and care.
A rainbow of languages spoken and yet, we are all the same.
Accept other cultures, learn their ways,
for tolerance is key. We are all the same.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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13 Responses to Rainbow Nation

  1. kim881 says:

    This is so nicely done, Sara! There is so much truth in your words.


  2. willow88switches says:

    Diversity is difference because it is needed – but the core structure is the same – even in a garden. The basic needs of life are the same and equal for all.
    Lovely and reaffirming challenge piece.


  3. I think this is so easy to agree with… will we ever live by that?


  4. Jim says:

    Realize the situation and correction criteria, ‘accept, learn, have tolerance,’ works every day. I like this, Sara. A movie that we watched, 12 Years a Slave (2013), on the BET channel this afternoon just about did me in. I’m not yet completely clear of the sensation. It was the flogging seen, I physically was disheveled. Perhaps a fear induced stroke? I’ve had another before, when a parking raged person confronted and affronted me. I’m glad he didn’t have a gun and that there were people watching.


  5. Helen says:

    A lovely message in your words …


  6. So much more interesting when our differences are celebrated and, of course, the realization that in the important things we are all so similar – Lovely message!


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