{solsc} 20/31 #sol18 Rain-Washed Clouds

It must be the day for writing Paint Chip Poetry. I often used this activity when I taught Creative Writing. Today Margaret Simon shared her poetry and how she uses this activity in her classroom. If you are feeling adventurous, give it a try. I found my paint chip on Pinterest!

Waking early
Rain washed gray clouds 
Create a windy blue light
to the day

Drinking coffee
Drizzle falls teasing the tulips
up from the ground

Writing Poetry
As storm clouds gather and 
Rain brings spring to the world


  1. I love these colors, but when it comes to describing a day, it is kind of gloomy! This could describe our weather here today, too. I love the line "drizzle falls teasing the tulips." Our magnolia is about to burst with blooms and snow is forecasted. I hope they are wrong.

  2. What a really cool idea. It provides vocabulary that a student may not think of otherwise. I love it!

  3. This idea does get one to thinking. Our day it much like yours - drizzle and gloomy.

  4. The rain just started falling here. Not a great start to spring, but your poem is beautiful. The last line is full of peace and hope.

  5. "Teasing tulips up from the ground" is a lovely image. I saw mine peaking their green tops through the ground this morning.

  6. Those descriptive words are usually present in March. Love the way you incorporated them into the poem. Now I want to go to Lowes and look through the paint chip area.

  7. I love this. I will forever look at the mood of the day...literally and figuratively, as a paint chip. Mark

  8. I have never heard of paint chip poetry before, and I love this idea! Paint names are always so creative anyway, and it is such a great challenge to incorporate all the colors/color words into a poem. I see some browsing in the paint chip aisle in my future!


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