The colour of laughter

Tinkling silver laughter
flickering through bare branches ─
the sound of Autumn sunshine.

Laughter of children
patterned pink and yellow,
skipping through playtime

until the deep red chime
of the bell calls them back
to a grey-blue  learning place.

Victoria Slotto at DVerse wants poetry to illustrate synaesthesia – not an easy task for me.

image from fotofolia


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24 Responses to The colour of laughter

  1. ‘deep red chime’ – I love that!


  2. colonialist says:

    Reading this feels interestingly uneven-textured and smells sweet, although the taste is a bit confusing and the sound volume could be turned up a bit..


  3. Kathy Reed says:

    Nice…always children are made up of many colors..and their sounds are those colors.

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  4. Bryan Ens says:

    The emotional and sound colours are delightfully vivid.

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  5. Shawna says:

    So sad to be called back inside. 😦

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  6. lynn__ says:

    I love the colors and sounds of the children’s laughter…a pleasant synesthesia!

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  7. This definitely cheered up my chilled, gray November day. We are waiting for more snow as winter as usurped autumn here. I like the contrast you paint between autumnal colors and the gray-blue classroom.

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  8. Bodhirose says:

    I think pink is a happy color too, Viv. Hard to go back inside to the grey-blue sometimes after all that colorful laughter!

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  9. To a grey-blue learning place is fantastic! As is everything else!

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  10. I like the sound of autumn sunshine -so evocative.

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  11. You were obviously up to the challenge. Such a happy poem. Wish I could hear color too.

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  12. Grace says:

    I love the color of the children’s laughter ~ That break time is so fun ~

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  13. I love these colors of sound, esp., vibrant, I think, is “the deep red chime
    of the bell”

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  14. katechiconi says:

    Funny, I always ‘see’ the colours of sounds and places…

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  15. Oh I do wish that learning could be as colorful as the play… but maybe we learn to appreciate the grey, growing up.. The color of sound is a wonderful concept.

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  16. Ah but it looks and sounds good. And is different because of the prompt!

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  17. Pleasant Street says:

    Right on, it made me smile when i read “the sound of Autumn sunshine”

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  18. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    This is absolutely delightful 😀 I love how you depict the laughter of children as patterns of pink and yellow.. the colors of bright happiness 😀

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  19. Misky says:

    You did very well with it, Viv. It’s a lovely poem. >

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