White as a bride’s dress in June
White as the snow gone too soon.

White for the freckled midnight sky
When bats and Eastern Screech Owls fly.

Brilliant and full,
Round and mysterious,
Evening’s mistress smiles.


Luminous and enchanting,
Warm and comforting,
Celestial and ageless.

White, white moon

Today I decided to write a color poem to continue my goal to write a poem each day in April for my blog. Hailstones and Halibut Bones: Adventures in Poetry and Color by Mary O’Neill and Jane Yolen’s Color Me a Rhyme: Nature Poems for Young People are two of my favorite books to use with students for inspiration. Today I would add Black Is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy (2020). This book has a wonderful author’s note.

7 thoughts on “Moon

  1. As I began reading your poem, I immediately thought of Hailstone and Halibut Bones (before I saw it at the bottom). I love color poems in the classroom and am always amazed at what my students can come up with! Thanks for reminding me of this.

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    • What grade do you teach? I think 3rd graders and up can do a great job with color poems, although I have read some incredible poems by the K-2 crowd as well. I try to show my students three or four different organizational formats for writing them; and I encourage them to come up with original formats.


      • I teach second grade. I discovered Hailstones and Halibut Bones and color poems when I taught third grade. I agree, 3rd and up can do a great job – they really can grasp the higher order thinking behind symbolism and metaphor that can make a meaningful poem.

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