Shawn L. Bird

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poem- choose pink December 7, 2013

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 6:11 pm
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“No, honey!” the mother said

reaching across that table and plucking

a crayon from her daughter’s hand.

“The sky isn’t pink.  Here,

use this blue crayon.”

The little girl blinked tears.

The teacher leaned over,

and studied the picture.

“What a beautiful sunset

you’ve drawn!” she said.



For Charlotte, who is teaching crafts at the art gallery, and is amazed at some parents.


23 Responses to “poem- choose pink”

  1. Melody J Haislip Says:

    I felt that right in my heart! It’s brilliant what can be achieved with a “few well chosen words”.

  2. smilecalm Says:

    a good colour
    for jello

  3. Lovely Shawn. There was a lovely Harry Chapin song about a little kid and colours, but I can’t remember the name.

  4. kiwiskan Says:

    the sky can be whatever colour you see…

      • sSome days our sky is so glorious- slashed with orange and pink iridescent swaths across it- how does someone not notice? Then again, I suppose it’s the poets job to point it out. 🙂
  5. itburnsforyou Says:

    Reblogged this on itburnsforyou.

  6. words4jp Says:

    It is amazing – the stuff that comes out of parents mouths.

  7. Awah!!! That is sad but you know as mums we still on a journey of learning.. Through our adult eyes, maybe we just see blue. Through the innocence of a childs eyes there are no rules to what color anything should be. I like those rules..
    Great poem & believe it has touched many parents hearts.
    Thank you. Wonderfully written..

    • True, I suppose. Still, it’s art. Who criticises another person’s vision?

      • I suppose we dont all see it as a criticism. I remember growing up and being told many things by my teachers especially about self worth..
        People have faults..

        Have a great day and great work..

      • Every week I have to tell a kid “Who says you have to be perfect? You’re allowed to try things. You’re supposed to make mistakes. It’s called learning.” I have to say this, because somewhere along the line, the kid got the impression that if it doesn’t look ‘right’ in someone else’s eye, then it’s not good enough. It makes me crazy!

      • I understand really I do..
        But you are one who will make a change in their life for the good.. I wish i had your encouragement as a child.
        And it gives me joy these kids have you..

      • Thank you! That’s kind of you to say.

  8. I was an art teacher and promoted using different colors. Still do!

  9. toad (chris jensen) Says:

    Reblogged this on BARB STREETING.

  10. As an art teacher, I agree the child should be able to make her own decisions.

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