With school starting parents are or have recently been school shopping. One item sure to be found in nearly every cart is a box of crayons. I remember getting a new box of crayons as being one of the highlights of back to school. Even now, I occasionally find myself picking one up in store. I love looking at the neat rows arranged by color. I love smelling them, counting them, and reading the names of the colors. Recently, there has been a renewed interest in coloring as an adult activity. The benefits of coloring are being recognized as a way to wind down after a busy, stressful day. For all those who also cherish this time-honored treasure, here is my ode to a box of crayons.
COLOR ME GREEN
I have a box of ninety-two;
It looks like I have more than you.
There is green in every shade,
Avocado, emerald, jade.
I have so many reds it’s scary.
There’s rose, fire engine, and cranberry.
I could start a yellow craze
With lemon, buttercup and maize.
I think my favorite ones are blue,
Like midnight, sky, aqua and true.
Purple shades are truly delicious.
There’s grape and plum and violet dishes.
Oh! Pink! How can I forget you!
You’re shocking, hot, or pale as dew.
Look at all the oranges I’ve got.
There’s peach and flame and apricot.
What’s that? You have a hundred and four?
Well, I guess then you have more.
Maybe the sun will melt yours down
To just one color….yucky brown.