Color Scavenger Hunt + Haikus

In early April, a few weeks after lock down started in Maryland, I came across the color scavenger hunt, an activity idea for kids via The Color Factory and party expert, Darcy Miller. The idea is simple: Gather items of a specific color in your room or house, lay it all out, and then take a picture. What was an idea for kids became for me, a fun, necessary break from my computer and being online, and surprisingly, a chance to flex my haiku writing skills. Not to mention I got a chance to look through all my stuff. An abbreviated version of tidying, so to speak.

I discovered that a few colors are well-represented in my possessions. Others, while I wear a lot of the color (like gray), were surprisingly lacking in numbers. I found items that are relatively new, ones I had forgotten exist, some I rarely use, and others that have been with me for decades. Items that have stories of their own.

I realized how our styles evolve and how some stay the same but are a bit more curated. This evolution is closely tied with growing older, as I’m trying to not have as much stuff and love the stuff I do own. As I am more drawn to classic patterns and neutral palettes now, I do love pops of color and I hope I always will.

At some point the captions for these posts on Instagram turned into poems—mostly haikus. A few I wrote after I shared the photos, so here are all the haikus in their colorful glory:

red wax pools 
seals my heart within until
you come and break it

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yellow metro card
a record of where i've been
where shall i go next? 

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brown, color of earth
natural--but darker hues
exterminated
condemned as less than
when they/we hold the power
of a thousand suns

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together we can
rule galaxies--worlds full of 
and beyond color

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the white bone folder
has creased thousands of pages
my life wrapped within

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i am brilliant.
i am bright and beautiful. 
shine, shine like the stars. 

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a feast for the eyes
every color imagined
in play, in contrast