Orange You Glad It's Poetry Friday? Round Up is HERE!

Welcome dear Wee Words Weaders! 

Thank you for joining me on this fine October Friday in Switzerland. 

Orange you glad it's Autumn?

Orange you glad we're gathered here today to share poetry?

Orange you glad we have each other during these unprecedented times?

If you haven't guessed by now, orange is my favorite color. And my favorite fruit, my favorite color of car, my favorite peanut m&m friend...when I like something, I REALLY like it.

This is me two years ago at the m&m store in London - my happy place.

Circa 2017 in Tucson.






What is YOUR favorite color? 

I invite you to do a fun exercise about your favorite color. 

(I read about this in a news story about a TikTok video...I know, not a highly reliable source, but my results were interesting! We're only doing the first part of the exercise about your favorite color, the news story describes two other parts.)

Write your favorite color and 3 words/phrases that describe it.

Me: orange

1. happy

2. fun

3. an acquired taste

According to the exercise, those three words are HOW I SEE MYSELF.

Let me think, does it ring true?

Huh, I think I'm generally a pretty happy person. 

I know I am fun. (My daughters might disagree, which leads to the 3rd descriptor...)

I am self aware enough to know I am DEFINITELY an acquired taste. *ahem*

I'd love to hear what's your favorite color and what it says about YOU...😃

Full disclosure, I had planned on sharing a poem I wrote about a certain orange US politician. *cough-cough* (many thanks to Tabatha for critiquing it!)

But due to recent events, I decided to go in a different direction and as of Tuesday, I was poem-less.

Then Laura Purdie Salas' newsletter, Salas Snippets, serendipitously landed in my inbox! 

She shared a lesson plan for the poetry form called, Blank Is a Word

This form was introduced by Nikki Grimes in a blog post on Michelle Heidenrich Barnes' website in 2015! (I actually participated in that challenge.)

Orange you glad the poetry community is so creative and generous?

Without further ado, here is my poem: 

Orange is a Word

Orange is a round word.

On the surface it has

a firm, dimpled appeal

which suggests 

a sweetness,

but actually is the bitter 


for the ball of 

sticky juice

hiding inside. 

©2020, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.









Today the Poetry Friday Round Up will be old school

Leave your URL in the comments and I'll link them in the body of this post throughout the day.

UPDATE: It has been brought to my attention that my blog has been eating some comments

(Are the googly-eyed fruit staging a revolt??) 

If this has happened to you, please email your comment to me direct: bridget(at)bridgetmagee(dot)com or try again.  

So sorry for any inconvenience!

Orange you glad I never said banana?


Fruit + googly eyes make a great...

No fruit were harmed in the writing of this blog post, though all were eaten. 😋


🧡 Sally Murphy is back with us sharing a tiddley-pom poem.

🧡 Robyn Hood Black has a poem from Sylvia Vardell's A WORLD FULL OF POEMS.

🧡 Michelle Kogan is celebrating Irene Latham's THIS POEM IS A NEST.

🧡 Myra at Gathering Books is sharing a poem from the book OF POETRY & PROTEST: FROM EMMITT TILL TO TRAYVON MARTIN in her series highlighting human rights issues and social justice.

🧡 Alan J. Wright is with us today with poems about people (none orange!)

🧡 Tabatha Yeatts has an excerpt from a poem by the newly minted Nobel Prize winning poet Louise Glück

🧡 Molly Hogan has a reverberate aubergine poem to share.

🧡 Kimberly Hutmacher shares a fall front porch haiku and some Poetry Fest info.

🧡 Liz Steinglass lists all the things she loves about Sylvia Vardell's A WORLD FULL OF POEMS.

🧡 Linda Mitchell is celebrating poet, Kevin Young's appointment as the new Chair of the African American Museum in DC.

🧡 Rose Cappelli tried out an Autumn nestling poem from Irene Latham's THIS POEM IS A NEST.

🧡 Ruth honors Louise Glück and shares a poem about her doomed Zoom experience.

🧡 Jama Rattigan has a colorful mind and fruity tastes as she shares I'M FEELING BLUE, TOO! plus a blueberry bar recipe.

🧡 Karen Edmisten shares the poem The Writer by Richard Wilbur, a poet near and dear to her heart. 

🧡 Linda Kulp Trout is sharing her poem which is included in A WORLD FULL OF POEMS.

🧡 Margaret Simon has an amazing gymnastics Ode written by one of her 5th grade students.

🧡 Fran Haley has a quivery poem inspired by an afternoon walk with her son.

🧡 Carol Varsalona shares poems that usher in fall and a link to her book review for THIS POEM IS A NEST.

🧡 Karen Eastlund has a poem inspired by some visitors to her autumn garden.

🧡 Linda Baie shares a poem about the autumn happenings out her window.

🧡 Carol at The Apples In My Orchard shares her poem that was inspired by an old cabin.

🧡 Laura Shovan features a poem from THE PAINTED BUNTING'S LAST MOLT by Virgil Suarez.

🧡 Irene Latham is onboard with another colorful offering - a RED poem inspired by a new to her Monet painting.

🧡 Jone Rush MacCulloch has an Autumn nestling poem inspired by THIS POEM IS A NEST.

🧡 Rebecca Herzog shares a few Poemtober treats.

🧡 Little Willow posts Autumn by Emily Dickinson.


Sally Murphy said...

I'm so glad you oranged your post this way :) Your orange poem and your fruit pictures made me smile - though one of them looked eerily like a certain orange skinned person. Hmmm - thought you weren't posting about them?
Thanks for hosting the round up. I am back after a four month hiatus (oops) with a tiddley-pom poem.

Robyn Hood Black said...

Orange you clever, Bridget! Too fun. Thanks for rounding us all up today. It'll be a rainbow! I'm all in for purple...
--I've got a fun classic poem today from Sylvia's brand-spankin' new A WORLD FULL OF POEMS.

michelle kogan said...

I'm peachy glad I stopped by your orange post Bridget! I like orange too, especially burnt orange and purples and a few more too, so maybe I'm a rainbow too… I'm celebrating Irene Latham's wonderful new poetry book, THIS POEM IS A NEST at: Thanks for all the smiles, pics, and hosting!

GatheringBooks said...

Hello hello! Thank you so much for hosting! I live the bitter outer layer to reveal a sticky sweet juice underneath. Lovely. Here’s my Poetry Friday link: - Myra @ GatheringBooks

GatheringBooks said...

I meant "I love"

Alan j Wright said...

Thank you for hosting Bridget. Thank you for your orange inspired words. I tend towards the colour Blue myself -sky, sea and agapanthus. My post this week concerns 'Poems about People'- none of them mercifully, orange!

Tabatha said...

I LOVE your "Orange is a Word" poem! Orange was my favorite color when I was a child. My parents thought it was because they painted my crib orange! (Now my favorite colors are green and brown, probably due to my interest in plants.) Here's my post: It's a little odd, but orange you glad?

mbhmaine said...

What a delightful post, Bridget! I defy anyone not to feel better after reading it and looking at all your googly-eyed fruit! I love that oh-so-clever "dimpled appeal". Thanks so much for hosting this week. I'm in with aubergine and this post:

Kimberly Hutmacher said...

Thank you for hosting this week, Maggie. Love your tribute to orange, especially "dimpled appeal". This week I shared a fall front porch haiku and some information about Poetry Fest.

Liz Steinglass said...

This is all so fun--just like you! I'm going to have to think about this more. When I read that your favorite color was orange, I thought me too--but not every orange, more like the orange of pumpkin pie. I'll have to think more about what that means! I am celebrating Sylvia Vardell's new anthology A World Full of Poems with a list of some of the things I love about it.

Linda Mitchell said...

Oh, I love waking up to some fresh orange juice! What a fun, positive and wonderful post. Thank you for the sillies. After this week, I sure need them. Nothing wrong except everything in our political world? yikes! This week, I'm celebrating Kevin Young's move to Director of the African American Museum in DC. I'm not sure if it's a promotion since he already directs the Schomburg Center. But, I'm happy to see a poet in a position of directorship at A Word Edgewise:

Rose Cappelli said...
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Rose Cappelli said...

Love your color poem, Irene! It's perfect for Fall. This morning I'm trying out a nestling poem.

Ruth said...

Thanks for hosting and for all the cheerfulness and orange! Here's my post:

Ruth said...

(Summary: Louise Glück got the Nobel Prize and I wrote a poem about trying to connect to my family on Zoom.)

jama said...

Oh, what fun! Love your poem and all those googly-eyed fruit.

Just so happens I have a color-themed post today too -- a review of I'm Feeling Blue, Too by Marjorie Maddox and Philip Huber + blueberry bars!

Thanks so much for hosting this week. Orange you glad it's Friday? :D

Karen Edmisten said...

Orange you something? :D I think my favorite colors are yellow and green but I'll have to think about what that says about me. :) Thanks for this colorful post and for brightening my day! I'm in with Richard Wilbur, and the post is here:

Thanks for hosting!

Linda said...

Hi Bridget, I'm having trouble getting my comment to post. I apologize if this is a repeat. Today I'm celebrating A WORLD FULL OF POEMS here:

Margaret Simon said...

What a fun orang-y post! Thanks for hosting today. I am sharing an ode from my student-poet Chloe, Ode to the Uneven Bars.

Fran Haley said...

I know one thing - this post and the images have thoroughly brightened my morning! So. Much. Fun. Orange IS such an appealing (!) color, full of energy, toning down screaming red with sunshiny yellow. Maybe the color of cheerful, warm balance - definitely fun! My favorite color changes from time to time - I am a chameleon, I suppose. I presently lean toward rose-gold hues. I like think of it this way...

My soul shines rose-gold,
a fusion of alloyed strength:
Copper for healing
in gold of faith, hope, and love
for people, stories, and words.

Thank you so much for this vibrant post and for being our host :)

Here's my offering for today...

Carol Varsalona said...

Bridget, thank you for hosting PF with such a fun post. I can only imagine what you left out. As an orange lover you will like that I color my house each autumn with that marvelous color to bring nature into my house. While it is not my absolutely favorite it color, orange is my penultimate choice for this time of year. So to honor your color, I have allowed nature to usher in fall ( via poetry. For an extra touch of sweetness, I add in a link to my book review on This Poem Is A Nest by Irene Latham, Stop 8 on the Blog Tour. It aired yesterday.

Karen Eastlund said...

Love this post, Bridget... my favorite color is cranberry. I'll try your challenge with it. Thanks for hosting, and please add my link:

Linda B said...

Thanks so much for the smiles, Bridget, and for hosting. After a tough week all around, I am grateful for your "orange" poem without who know who & for those googly eyes! I wrote about fall this time, a blessing to be out seeing the special oranges it gives us, and the reds, my favorite color. I'll try the prompt, intriguing to ponder!

Anonymous said...

Anyone who puts googly eyes on fruit is automatically fun!!

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Maureen! Googly eyes make me happy, but remember to remove them before eating the fruit. ;)

Carol @ The Apples in My Orchard said...

Bridget, I love your focus on color! It is one of my favorite subjects of poetry - I've written many color poems emulating the style in Hailstones and Halibut Bones. I like your exercise in using the color to get to know one's self as well! Thanks for hosting! I was inspired by a place this week.

author amok said...

Thanks for adding me Bridget. I added a comment this morning (I have an orange car too!) but somehow it got lost.

My pandemic book of poetry has been a wonderful collection by Virgil Suarez, The Painted Bunting's Last Molt.

Irene Latham said...

It's so fun that orange is your favorite! I'm a purple girl through and through... even though my word for the year is "red" ! I've got a red poem today too: "A Traveling Song" after a Monet piece I'd never met before. Thank you for hosting and for always bringing your light to our Poetry Fridays!

Irene Latham said...

Jone said...

Bridget, thanks for hosting! I will be adding the color poem invite to my notebook for this weekend.
Short answer: green.
Here's my post:

Rebecca Herzog said...

This is so much fun! I loved your orange-y poem. My favorite color is bright green! I was trying to think of three words to describe it, but kept thinking about how that phrase also connected to me. It is a fun exercise though.

I'm continuing on my Poemtober challenge today on my blog:

Little Willow said...

I posted Autumn by Emily Dickinson at my blog, Bildungsroman:

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