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Blue ~ a Poem

John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

Image by Couleur from Pixabay

Image by Couleur from Pixabay

How sweet to be a Cloud. Floating in the Blue!

— A.A. Milne

Word Prompt Inspiration: "Blue"

Fellow writer, poet, and friend, Brenda Arledge, has once again provided a weekly word prompt to inspire the creative writers at this site. The prompt this week is the word "blue."

Blue is one of the most popular colours and is used in so many sayings and colloquialisms. (Australian slang seems to be particularly fond of the word "blue.") I look forward to reading the contributions of other writers who decide to take up this challenge.


Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones it will always stay blue; whereas yellow is blackened in its shades, and fades away when lightened; red when darkened becomes brown, and diluted with white is no longer red, but another color – pink.

— Raoul Dufy

Image by Julius Silver from Pixabay

Image by Julius Silver from Pixabay

Blue

Blue is the sky that reflects in the sea,

I’m feeling blue when you’re upset with me.

‘Blue’ is the nickname Aussies give a red-head,

Blue is the colour of the rug on my bed.


A medical emergency is known as Code Blue,

Let’s hope there is never one called for you.

A blue moon only occurs now and then,

Jazz and blues music makes me feel young again.


A fight or a brawl in Australia’s a blue,

The use of bad language turns the air blue.

A blue whale is the largest creature on Earth,

And a blue-collar worker gives great value work.


Image by janeb13 from Pixabay

Image by janeb13 from Pixabay

A blue movie’s for adults, it’s x-rated stuff,

Blue-grass country music. I can’t get enough.

The colour blue’s calm, cool, and serene,

A blue-ribbon’s the best, on top like the cream.


A blue-tongued lizard’s an Australian reptile,

Blue-ringed octopus venom is fatal.

‘Into the blue’ means to enter the unknown,

And indigo blue is the rarest blue known.


An Australian blue heeler's a cattle-dog too,

And remember the Smurfs with skin of bright blue?

Blue is, in fact, the favourite colour of most,

Have you ever tried melted blue-cheese on toast?


The Hindu god Krishna also has blue skin.

Indicating inner strength and calmness within.

The blue gum is a tree endemic to Australia,

It is the floral emblem of Tasmania.


Australian Blue Heeler Cattle Dog

Australian Blue Heeler Cattle Dog

A blue card’s* required for working with children,

While the ‘boys in blue’ are police men and women.

Blue eyes are revered, but they are a mutation,

More people have brown eyes across every nation.


A blue-blood is a person of noble birth,

Though the colour of blood determines not worth.

Baby boys dress in blue, baby girls dress in pink.

I don’t know why that is. What do you think?


“What the blue blazes?” shows surprise, shock, disgust,

And Heaven is blue, in my faith I trust.

I love to wear blue jeans, or a blue suit and tie

If on the corporate ladder I want to rise high.


True blue means honest, trustworthy and faithful,

Navy blue is nautical and associated with sailors.

Popular flag colours are red, white, and blue.

Tell me what does this colour means to you?


*In Queensland Australia anyone who works with children is required to undergo a police check and obtain what is called ‘a blue card.’

Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the deity to be a source of delight.

— John Ruskin

© 2021 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 22, 2021:

Thanks Jo. Yes, we are a strange bunch. I am glad you found this educational.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on August 22, 2021:

I learned a few more things about the Australian language through this poem, John. Thanks for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 22, 2021:

Cheers, Diana.

Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on August 22, 2021:

Yes it surrounds us on all sides and is one of my favourite colours too :)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 21, 2021:

Hello Diana, thank you for reading and acknowledging the importance of the colour blue.

Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on August 21, 2021:

So true John. Blue is such an important colour that brightens up our lives.Sea and sky comes to mind and each brings joy, to the mind and spirit. Thanks for sharing your poem.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 18, 2021:

Rinita! So great to see you back. I hope the move went well and you are all settled now. I like it when someone appreciates a part of my poems that others may miss or not focus on. You got the blue sky reflected in the colourless sea. I do always try to weave messages in where I can, even in my seemingly simplest verse. Much appreciated.

Rinita Sen on August 18, 2021:

Happy to have read this today and hope all is well. I learnt a lot about Australian lingo and as usual, there's so much depth in between the lines of your seemingly light-hearted poetry. To me, blue is the color of water, although water is naturally colorless. And what's life, without water? So the first line of your poem struck me the most. Stay well.

David Mus on August 16, 2021:

Have a great week as well.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 15, 2021:

Hello David, thank you for reading my poem, and I am glad you found some educational value in it. Much appreciated. Have a great week.

David Mus on August 15, 2021:

I enjoyed reading your poem. I learned a few things I completely did not know about. Thank you and keep producing such interesting content.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 15, 2021:

Hello Alyssa, oh I mean “Blue.” Thanks for reading. Glad you enjoyed this and learned a few things as well.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 15, 2021:

Hi Linda, I hoped this poem would have some educational value. I appreciate you reading

Alyssa from Ohio on August 15, 2021:

Oh I love your poem! Not only was it a delight to read, but it was incredibly educational. I rather like that I would be nick-named blue if I lived in Australia. Here in the US, I'm known as red. haha!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 15, 2021:

Your poem is educational as well as enjoyable. It was very interesting to see the different meanings of blue!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 14, 2021:

Thank you, Deborah. I appreciate you reading this poem.

Deborah Minter from U.S, California on August 14, 2021:

Beautiful!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 14, 2021:

Hello Vidya. Thank you for reading this poem. I found more blue things than I expected to. Blessings.

VIDYA D SAGAR on August 14, 2021:

An excellent response to Brenda's word prompt, John. You have covered all things blue. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the poem. The video, quotes and images are great too. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 14, 2021:

Thank you for reading Nithya, I will accept a blue ribbon lol. Much appreciated.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on August 14, 2021:

I totally agree with Lora Hollings. You should receive a blue ribbon for this poem. A brilliant response to the word prompt “blue” provided by Brenda.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 14, 2021:

Hello Lora, great to receive a comment by you as always. I am glad I was able to cover most of the uses of "blue." Every time I thought I had finished the poem I came up with another. I am glad you enjoyed the song too.

Lora Hollings on August 14, 2021:

Your poem is truly a great tribute to the color blue. It encompasses almost every blue I've ever heard of, John. Amazing, that there are so many interesting things that are associated with this color. I think blue is one of the most versatile and favorite colors of most people. I had forgotten that the smurfs were blue until I read your poem. And I didn't know there was such a tree as the Blue Gum. You certainly piqued my curiosity with this fact. I will have to look that up, now. I would say that you definitely should receive a blue ribbon for your amazing poem. What a feat and you pulled it off with such grace! I enjoyed every line of it. The song is wonderful too.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 13, 2021:

As this poem has a distinctly Australian leaning, I decided to change one of the music videos to a more "Aussie" offering. Please watch John Williamson sing "True Blue." It demonstrates what being Australian is all about.

I have also added an extra stanza with a couple more examples of the use of "blue."

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on August 13, 2021:

John, I am trying my best. Trusting His plans is all I can do. Thanks for asking, dear friend.

Blessings to you and to your loved ones.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 13, 2021:

Hello Misbah, I am glad you managed to view this article on you iPad. It must be a glitch using the phone. As always, thank you for reading my work and for you encouraging and generous comments. I hope life is beginning to improve for you. Take care my friend.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 13, 2021:

Thank you manatita. I enjoyed researching the different uses of the word. It was a good reminder for me also. I know there are more I missed. I may add them yet.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on August 13, 2021:

Hi John, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your lovely response to Brenda's word prompt. I liked both of the quotes you mentioned. Your poetry is as beautiful and lively as the color blue. I absolutely love each word you have written, just as I adore all shades of blue. As usual, you have done an excellent job. It's interesting, or should I say strange, that a redhead can be called blue in Australia. :)

I was unable to see your article from my Mobile it was giving error 404 maybe it was a glitch as Shauna said but I am glad I can see it from my iPad.

Stay healthy and happy.

Blessings always!!

manatita44 from london on August 13, 2021:

John this is another one I like a lot as you are showing that there are diverse ways in which the word can be used. Some of these uses I'd almost forgot. Thank you for reminding me. An excellent job of Brenda's prompt.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 13, 2021:

I hope this problem gets sorted soon. I seem to have the opposite problem..i get email notifications but they don’t appear in my feed.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 13, 2021:

Misbah, I don’t know what is happening with the 404 error. I was getting that a few times when I clicked on some of my other articles for no reason too. But when I reclicked again they were ok. I thought HP may have been in the process of moving them to discover or a niche site.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 13, 2021:

I always love to amaze, Peg lol. Yes, we are a weird bunch here in Australia.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 13, 2021:

Thank you, Umesh. Much appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 13, 2021:

Good morning, Linda. Though it is probably afternoon by now. I am glad you found this as well as it appears others are having some problems.

It was fun coming up with all different uses for blue. It just happens that a lot are specifically Australian.

Do try blue cheese on toast. Wishing you a great weekend also.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on August 13, 2021:

Yes, Shauna. I was also complaining same thing the other day about not receiving notifications from the hubs I follow. There are too many glitches. Sometimes I'm unable to catch hubs in my feed as well. Thank you for sharing your experience. That is greatly appreciated. :)

Blessings to you!!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on August 13, 2021:

I'm getting that with comment notification links in my email, too, Misbah. Must be an HP glitch.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on August 13, 2021:

I don't know how it's accepting comments

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on August 13, 2021:

John, I am unable to open your article. It gives error 404. :(

Same thing is happening with Peggy's article as well :(

I really wanted to read both.

Blessings always!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 13, 2021:

I learned some interesting twists on words after reading your poetry. I would never have known, for example, that a nickname for a red-headed person in Australia would be called blue. You never cease to amaze me with your poetry!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 13, 2021:

Very nice composition. Well presented.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on August 13, 2021:

Good morning to you John. Glad I found this one before it descended into Discover HP. I love the color blue, and you didn't miss one use of the word. In fact, you taught me a few new ones. A red head is a blue?

Oh well, melted blue cheese sounds wonderful. Give me a good Gorgonzola and I'm a happy Carb Diva.

I loved your poem--how you can come up with all of those delightful rhymes is beyond me. It must be the mews (Muse) one those kitties on your porch.

Have a great weekend my friend.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 13, 2021:

Hi Shauna. Australians have always seen themselves as rebels to some extent so we enjoy doing things differently, hence, “Blue” for a red-head, “Snow” for someone with black hair, “Shorty” for a tall person etc. thanks for sharing the fact about blood being blue until it is exposed to oxygen. Have a great weekend.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 13, 2021:

Thank you, for your kind comment, Rosina. I am fairly certain that I will add a few more verses to this poem as I think of new ways “blue” is used. If so, I will reshare it on the feed.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 13, 2021:

Hello Chitrangada, thank you for reading and enjoying my response to “blue.” It was fun trying to think of as many different connotations as I could. I am glad you found it educational in regard to our Australian ways as well.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on August 13, 2021:

John, I love the way you describe the various connotations of 'blue' in rhyming story form. You're a master at flow, rhythm, and rhyme.

I learned some interesting tidbits of information about your country's slang. Why is a redhead referred to as a 'blue'? In the U.S. we call redheads 'ginger' or 'carrot top'.

You mention the color of blood. Blood - everyone's blood - when in the veins is blue. It doesn't turn red until exposed to oxygen.

Anyway, I love your poem, John. Great job, as always!

Rosina S Khan on August 13, 2021:

This is beautiful poetry based on Brenda's word prompt, "blue". I am in awe about how many things could stand for blue in Australia and in general. I would love to read this poem again if you make more additions and make it even more awesome. Thanks for sharing, John. Have a great weekend.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 13, 2021:

Hello John!

This is an excellent, all inclusive poem, on the word prompt, Blue. I can’t think of a better response than this, to highlight this word.

I have learnt a lot about the Australian ways too, from your poem.

Absolutely enjoyable read. Thank you for sharing. Have a great weekend.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 13, 2021:

Mr Happy, we Aussies are a strange lot. We like to use nicknames that are the opposite of reality. Yes, red-heads are often given the nickname “Blue,” also a guy with jet black hair may be called “Snow,” or someone tall may be called “Shorty.”

The popular kids animated show “Bluey” is about a family of blue heelers. It is one of the most popular dog breeds here. To tell you the truth, jazz and blues probably does make me feel older or more mellow at least. Yep, the rhyme fit better with “young again.”

Thank you for sharing about your Romanian flag too. Have a great day.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on August 13, 2021:

‘Blue’ is the nickname Aussies give a red-head - That is so strange! Thanks for sharing.

"Jazz and blues music makes me feel young again." - Does it really? Or, did You just write that because that "again" rhymed nicely with the last word of the previous line (i.e. "then")? I listen to jazz and blues and it doesn't make me feel young. It actually makes me feel ancient.

"The colour blue’s calm, cool, and serene" - Yes, the ceiling is blue here and the walls are a baby-blue in my bedroom. I love blue!!

"Australian blue heeler" - Really cool! Never knew about this breed. Man, I am learning a lot from this one poem - thank You!!

"Have you ever tried melted blue-cheese on toast? - I will have to try that. I do use blue cheese in cream sauces. It's yummy.

"Baby boys dress in blue, baby girls dress in pink.

I don’t know why that is. What do you think?" - I think we indulge in our assumptions too much but that's just me.

"Popular flag colours are red, white, and blue.

Tell me what does this colour means to you?" - So, mine is red, yellow and blue: Romanian national flag. Red is the rising sun; yellow is the daylight during the day and blue is the nightfall. We give thanks to each day.

Awesome poem as always - thank You!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 13, 2021:

Thank you, Liz. It took a while to think of that many..I kept adding to the original poem. There might even be more additions to come. Have a good weekend.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 13, 2021:

Hello Jan, thank you for such a generous comment. I tried to include everything I could think of, but if more come to mind I might still add them. In fact, I just mentioned one to Bill...blue jeans. I am glad you liked the definitions and that my poem brought a smile. Take care.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 13, 2021:

Hi Bill, I would have to count blue among my favourite colours. I wear blue jeans a lot. I tend to prefer the darker shades though. Thank you for reading. Have a great weekend yourself.

Liz Westwood from UK on August 13, 2021:

This is an excellent all-encompassing poem on the theme of blue. I am in awe of the breadth of your creativity. I would only have thought of a fraction of the points you touch on.

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on August 13, 2021:

Bravo, bravo, bravo!! John, this is thorough poetry. You've included every understanding of what blue means across cultures. I love the Australian definitions and uses of the word. The blue flower is exquisite. The Raoul Dufy quote is surprisingly informative. You've crafted this beautifully. It made me smile widely, chuckle, and grin. It's perfect. We don't deserve you.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 13, 2021:

I always love your responses to these challenges/prompts. You never disappoint, my friend. I lean towards more of a purple blue, but I can handle any shade of blue and be at peace. :) Have a great weekend!

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