Treasure Island

Bri Edwards


Green: The Color... [Green Things]


My favorite colors are green and brown.
Green-leafed trees polka-dot our town.
Green’s the color of farm pond scum,
and green’s the color of green tea gum.

Copper turns green when it’s weathered.
Some Amazon parrots are green-feathered.
Green is the color Army privates wear,
and green’s what the young clerk dyed his hair.

The city of Oz was oh so green!
Green is the color of a string bean.
If you’re nauseous you’re “green around the gills”,
and I’d be “green with envy” if you had no bills.

Green beer is drunk on St. Patrick’s Day.
Green is the color of newly mowed hay.
A wilted green salad looks so sad,
but a green stick fracture is “not so bad”.

Greenbacks are U.S. paper money.
From green clover bees make clover honey.
A green traffic light tells me to go,
and a green banana ain’t ripe you know.

A green-winged teal is a small duck,
and a green four-leafed clover may bring you luck.
I’ve heard of “green thumb” but not “green nose”.
I wonder if green is the color of gangrened toes.

Submitted: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Edited: Thursday, July 25, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

thank goodness? for computer programs which highlight misspelled words....... though not all programs seem to agree. one program didn't like 'ain't'. this latest one was ok with ain't but not with 'ok', and it clued me in that greenstick should be green stick and new-mown should be newly mowed. well WHO is the expert? right?
i can't know it all in just 65 years.

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(Sept.2012)

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  • Charles Darnell (7/4/2013 8:58:00 AM)

    A funny, whimsical piece. A cross between Dr Seuss and Gerard Manley Hopkins (at least the first couple of lines) ! Enjoyed this!
    I personally find it hard to write humorous pieces, so I applaud whenever I see one done well. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (7/3/2013 8:08:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem on Green! I too have heard of green thumb but not green nose.Incidentally Green happens to be my favourite colour too! I invite you to read my poem- Oh! Green, Stay Green, if you don't mind! (Report) Reply

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