Most people would say blue’s a colour: the colour of sky and the sea
And If I should happen to ask you, I fully expect you’d agree,
But blue is much more than a colour: believe me, it really is true,
Because if you don’t, or you just simply won’t,
I might have a real blue with you!
For blue is not always a colour. It’s a blue when we argue or fight.
When our faces are red and some heated words said,
It’s a blue that we’re having all right.
A blue, then, is not very pleasant and we may be left feeling quite bad
Should that happen to you, you’ll be feeling quite blue,
Which is simply to say you that you’re sad.
You may hear a person called “Bluey”, or “Blue” if the name is made short.
It’s said as a joke to a red-headed bloke:
One with hair of the gingery sort.
But if you’re a loyal Australian and value this land and its ways
Then we’ll call you “true blue” and think highly of you,
For the “true blue” are people we praise.
Now even when blue IS a colour, we’re not always sure what to think.
We know it’s not green like a pea or a bean, and it’s hardly a yellow or pink!
But it could be a sky blue or navy. It might be an aquamarine,
Or baby blue, cobalt or turquoise, for these too may sometimes be seen.
So before you say “blue”, take a moment or two
And make sure you make clear what you mean!
Submitted in response to Poetry Prompt #3
Monty says: “As I thought about the different colours, I was struck by the range of uses of the word “blue”, and also the various shades in which the colour blue may be seen. I thought it might be helpful to children and new Australians to explore this in a poem.”