This Poem is Blues

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Poetics:  Blue Tuesday
(posted by sarahsouthwest)

"In March last year, I asked you to write some red poems. Tonight, I want you to write me some blue poems.

Red is pretty straightforward. It’s out there – fiery, passionate, dangerous! Blue is different. It’s a little cooler, a little stranger, a little more mysterious.

Let’s think about blue for a bit. Blue is the sky and the sea, obviously, so we associate it with calm and peacefulness. Other than that, there’s not much of it in nature. Most of the flowers we call “blue” are actually purple, there are few blue birds and lizards, a handful of butterflies, and a couple of fish. We recoil from blue food, because we associate the colour with blue mould."

that get you on indigo nights-
that wails, weeps, leaves
you sleepless.

This poem shivers-quivers you
like Alaska's ice floes.

This poem is music crying

This poem is Bluebeard,
infamous pirate.

This poem is a pool
to drown sorrows in.

This poem is an ocean
to clean-sheen you
washed of blues
and whole again.

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 This Poem is Blues

  1. very beautiful words


  2. rothpoetry says:

    Very nicely done!


  3. Blue is so versatile! 💙 Enjoyed it!


  4. Ingrid says:

    ‘This poem is an ocean
    to clean-sheen you
    washed of blues
    and whole again.’

    – Oh the healing power of poetry! So well said 🙂


  5. kim881 says:

    I know you like to keep your ink purple, Sara, but this poem is vibrantly blue! I love ‘This poem shivers-quivers you like Alaska’s ice floes’ and ‘This poem is a pool to drown sorrows in’.


  6. Misky says:

    Love the last one.


  7. Helen L Dehner says:

    This poem … is using this form beautifully! Blue looks good on you.


  8. Beverly Crawford says:

    I recoil from mould, but I LOVE blue cheese!! Blue comes to us in so many ways, it makes us all wax poetic!


  9. robtkistner says:

    Love the blues in this piece Sara. Wonderful variety!


  10. This poem is… is a great way to write about blue


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