Orange Crushes

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Poetics:  True Colors?
(posted by Mish)

"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)

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."

I am not simply
a color–not that
as a color I couldn't
stand alone.  Bite
into me, a Navel, Cara-
Cara, Satsuma, Blood.
Don't let that last one
put you off.  I am juicy-
fruity, and my peel is
appealing for cooking
and baking.

Have you seen me as
a Tiger Lily swaying
willy-nilly in a breeze?
A tulip, a pumpkin, or a 
glowing bell pepper out
-shining the reds and greens.

Don me as a sweatshirt
or bathing suit.  You will
be a flame for all eyes.

I accept, encourage, and
am always enthusiastic.
I am not simply a color.

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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24 Responses to Orange Crushes

  1. Mish says:

    I like the approach to the prompt and it was fun to follow orange on it’s journey to inhabit various places and things. A feisty little color.


  2. jazzytower says:

    I like how this turned out. I’m still pondering red🙂



  3. K.Hartless says:

    Encouraging orange. I love this and the quirky feel it gave, very unique.


  4. Sabio Lantz says:

    Very fun poem for this color – she came alive


  5. sanaarizvi says:

    I so love the attitude you have lend to orange here! Gorgeous poem 🧡🧡🧡


  6. rothpoetry says:

    I love your poem Sara! Orange is the color to be. Your images are wonderful.
    I loved the double meaning in this one…
    I am juicy-
    fruity, and my peel is
    appealing for cooking
    and baking.


  7. robtkistner says:

    This was alluring Sara, well written! 🙂


  8. msjadeli says:

    I like the versatility and sass of the orange you present, Sara.


  9. paintdigi says:

    You have a great website, and some great posts. Congratulations🌼


  10. Dora says:

    I felt sure you would do purple, but you absolutely nailed it with color orange: juicy, wild, and welcoming.



  11. I love the fact that you added taste to the color… a warm and happy feeling


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