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