"What might color sound like, feel like, taste like?" Karin Fendick

“What might color sound like, feel like, taste like?” Karin Fendick

COLORS AFFECT EMOTIONS

 

Covid restrictions have kept us home, no visitors allowed. Prairie winter snow and deep freeze temperatures removed the option of outdoor activities. Other than my husband’s three days each week at work in essential agricultural retail, we are inside. He decided it was a good time to paint the interior of the house.

I have been feathering this nest since we moved in August of 2019. Now those feathers are changing color. I have chosen blues and aquas, shades of the seas and skies. The tones surround me with a cocoon of comfort, taming anxiety, opening a way to sink into much needed peace.

 

WE ASSOCIATE COLORS WITH FEELINGS

 

How often have you heard people talk about feeling “blue” or so angry they “saw red”?

 

John Sterling said “Colors answer feeling in man; shapes answer thought; and motion answers will.”

 

Colors have often stirred poets as these poems from Robert Frost and Wallace Stevens show:

 

Robert Frost: Nothing Gold Can Stay

 

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

 

Wallace Stevens: Disillusionment of Ten o’ Clock

 

The houses are haunted
By white night-gowns.
None are green,
Or purple with green rings,
Or green with yellow rings,
Or yellow with blue rings.
None of them are strange,
With socks of lace
And beaded ceintures.
People are not going
To dream of baboons and periwinkles.
Only, here and there, an old sailor,
Drunk and asleep in his boots,
Catches tigers
In red weather.

 

THINK ABOUT HOW COLORS AFFECT EMOTIONS

 

This month I’d like you to think about how colors affect your emotions, or how they describe your emotions. You might want to explore what color might sound like, or taste like. You might even like to try to write an acrostic poem, with each line starting with the first letter of a chosen color, as I did in the three short poems below.

 

Blue

 

bring back days of

less turmoil, more peace

unusual calm, adrift

every night in waves of blue

 

Yellow

 

yearning for tranquility

even as these yellow walls

leave me set on edge, a

live wire twitching

over stimulated

waiting for rest

 

Green

 

growth comes

right on schedule

every time

even when in our impatience we

never see His plans

 

YOUR TURN: HOW DO COLORS AFFECT YOUR EMOTIONS?

 

Take some time to be still. You can look at color with your eyes wide open or closed in imagination. Allow your thoughts to wander. Write what you see and/or what you feel. We’d love for you to share where this prompt led you.

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You can view our Submission Guidelines here. When submitting a poem, please complete the release form on our Permissions page. Email your submission including a headshot, brief bio, and links to your website, social media, and any book titles you’ve authored as applicable to share@chronic-joy.org.

We look forward to reading your poems!

Karin Fendick

Karin Fendick

Chronic Joy® Poetry Coordinator & Writer

Karin is a handmaiden of the Lord, saved by grace, a worshiper, a poet, a broken heart, a lover of words, hungry for truth, amazed by love, on the Potter's wheel His work in progress. After five years in Africa, Karin and her beloved husband of twenty years, Rick, are back in rural Canada where chronic pain drives her to the feet of Jesus. She is powered by prayer, love, and many cups of strong coffee. She is the author of From Ashes to Glory (A Psalm a Day).

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