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Prompt #120 Colour us a poem!

August 23, 2012


Colour us a poem!

We Write Poems:

John O’Donohue (1956-2008) an Irish poet, philosopher and Catholic scholar,
wrote in Beauty, The Invisible Embrace

The presence and experience of colour is at the very heart of human life.  In a sense, we are created for a life full of colour.  It is no accident that we abandon the world when the colours vanish and the reign of darkness commences.  Night is the land where all the outer colours sleep.  We awaken and return to the world when the colours return at dawn.  There is a beautiful word in Irish for this: luisne – the first blush of light before dawn breaks.  Gradually, the coloured horizon of dawn gives way to daylight.

It would be easy to say pick a color and write a poem.  Perhaps better said would be “colour a poem”  Stay within the lines or stray outside and let imagination play.  While color adorns the earth with beauty… so it does in the small corners of each of our daily lives.

So, Colour us a poem!

That’s our prompt for this coming week, with thanks to Julie for this fine suggestion.

Please come back next Wednesday when you see our follow-up post,It’s Post Your Poems Day!” and leave a link to the poem on your blog. If you don’t have a blog, then please, post your poem in the comment itself. *** You are invited to respond to the prompt given here, but if you have something else you’re just itching to share, please feel welcome in doing that. Our first desire here is to encourage you to write and learn and share. *** When leaving comments to other’s poems, please be appreciative and encouraging. We are not a poem “critique” site (unless someone specifically asks for that). Be kind with each other (and yourself!). *** Please consider including a link with your blog poem back to the prompt response here at We Write Poems so that others may see and join our community. More participants do make better soup!

  1. August 23, 2012 1:01 am

    Wow, I love the quote! I’ll be waiting for tomorrow’s dawn to see “luisne”.

    • August 27, 2012 6:12 am

      Jacquelline do post your link on Wednesday, in the It’s Post your Poem day post. This link doesn’t allow me to proceed.

    • August 27, 2012 10:03 am

      Hi Jacqueline. Not sure where you got that link information you used above. As I look at your site, and to any one post in particular, I think your link should be something more like,
      (just as an example, from my browser’s display address)
      PS. This is my first encounter with Writing.COM. I note that only logged in folks get to make comments (which some folks may not wish to do), so you might ask for comments to be left here, to your Wednesday link post instead.

      • August 27, 2012 11:04 am

        Hi, Neil. Something screwed up somewhere. I have a separate blog, not associated with and that is what I thought I was linking to; not In any event, did not understand I must link only on Wed. Thank you for your helpful response. Jackie

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