Thursday, November 4, 2010

Box of crayons

Box Of Crayons
~ Original Author Unknown

 While walking in a toy store
The day before today,
I over heard a Crayon Box
With many things to say.

"I don't like red!" said Yellow.
And Green said, "Nor do I !
And no one here likes Orange,
But no one knows quite why."

"We are a box of crayons
that really doesn't get along,"
Said Blue to all the others.
"Something here is wrong!

Well, I bought that box of crayons
And took it home with me
And laid out all the crayons
So the crayons could all see.

They watched me as I colored
With Red and Blue and Green
And Black and White and Orange
And every color in between.

They watched as Green became the grass
And Blue became the sky.
The Yellow sun was shining bright
On White clouds drifting by.

Colors changing as they touched,
Becoming something new.
They watched me as I colored.
They watched till I was through.

And when I'd finally finished,
I began to walk away.
And as I did the Crayon box
Had something more to say........

"I do like Red!" said the Yellow
And Green said, "So do I !"
And Blue you are terrific!
So high up in the sky."

"We are a Box of Crayons
Each of us unique,
But when we get together
The picture is complete."

Crayons never seemed to get used much in our household. They are messy and produce broad strokes of thick waxy colour unlike the thin clean lines of texta. We've tried all manner of drawing media from propellor crayons, novelty 'Mix 'Em" pens to glitter glue and watercolour pencils but we keep coming back to good old fashioned colour pencils and a tub of textas (or neo pens as we used to call them in the dark ages). Now, of course, I'm imagining those crayons sulking in the back of the craft cupboard while the pencils gloat.  Add to that the crayons' indignity of being recyled in patty cake tins and I think I can hear a riot brewing.   The art materials' version of Toy Story.

Photo by me: Mediocre attempt at melting old crayons in the oven / microwave to make fancy new multi-coloured ones.


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