Day 6: Nail Polish Color Name Poetry #NaPoWriMo #playwithpoetryNPM


It’s National Poetry Month! My #NaPoWriMo Poem-A-Day project is Playing With Poetry. I am tagging along with Margaret Simon, Jone MacCulloch, and Mary Lee Hahn. We will be playing with Haikubes, Magnetic Poetry, Metaphor Dice, and Paint Chip Poetry (I raided Home Depot).  I’m even throwing in nail polish color names as inspiration, just for fun! Play along, if you’d like! We are using the Twitter hashtag #playwithpoetryNPM to see what poetic mischief everyone is getting into.

Here is a silly nail polish color name dialogue poem for two voices to start your Saturday. It’s been floating around in my head for a week now and finally landed in my NPM project notebook.

The Nail Salon (1)
Pick a color, please.     Aphrodite’s Pink Nightie     Who thinks of these?
Pick a color.                   Just Lanai-ing Around          Too bright. Something duller.
Almost ready?               Don’t Pretzel My Buttons     I need a pedi.
Come on, lady!               Kiss Me, I’m Brazilian          Too bright! I’m afraidy!
Pick a color! 

— Christie Wyman, 2019 (draft)

A peek into my poem and process:

  • If you have ever been to a nail salon, you know how overwhelming the options are!
  • I don’t go to a salon all that often. Just during sandal season, primarily. The gentleman who does my nails, Louie, is hilarious. We have a crazy running banter, very much like the dialogue in my poem, while I stare forever at the wall of color.
  • His voice is on the left, mine on the right, and the color names down the center are actual OPI or Essie color names.


And introducing….

2019 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem

On Monday, the Poetry Friday family launched the 7th annual Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem organized by author/poet, Irene Latham. (Click here to learn more.) Many of us have signed up to provide a line for the 2019 poem. Author/poet Matt Forrest Esenwine kicked things off with some familiar “found” phrases merged to get us going. Today Tara at Going to Walden adds the next line. I’m excited to provide the 14th line on Sunday, April 14th. I hope you’ll join us to see what happens! Here’s the itinerary for the poem.


1 Matt @Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme

2 Kat @Kathryn Apel

3 Kimberly @KimberlyHutmacherWrites

4 Jone @DeoWriter

5 Linda @TeacherDance

6 Tara @Going to Walden

7 Ruth @thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown

8 Mary Lee @A Year of Reading

9 Rebecca @Rebecca Herzog

10 Janet F. @Live Your Poem

11 Dani @Doing the Work that Matters

12 Margaret @Reflections on the Teche

13 Doraine @Dori Reads

14 Christie @Wondering and Wandering

15 Robyn @Life on the Deckle Edge

16 Carol @Beyond LiteracyLink

17 Amy @The Poem Farm

18 Linda @A Word Edgewise

19 Heidi @my juicy little universe

20 Buffy @Buffy’s Blog

21 Michelle @Michelle Kogan

22 Catherine @Reading to the Core

23 Penny @a penny and her jots

24 Tabatha @The Opposite of Indifference

25 Jan @Bookseestudio

26 Linda @Write Time

27 Sheila @Sheila Renfro

28 Liz @Elizabeth Steinglass

29 Irene @Live Your Poem

30 Donna @Mainely Write

5 thoughts on “Day 6: Nail Polish Color Name Poetry #NaPoWriMo #playwithpoetryNPM

  1. Every time I go into a salon, they say, “Pick a color.” I hear it in a Vietnamese accent. Getting pedis is something I do with my daughters. Such a treat.

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