I am brown. I am beautiful.
or cocoa brown,
café con leche brown or
radiant ocher brown.
Our hands, our fingers.
or rich coffee brown,
sandalwood brown or rosy adobe brown.
Our ankles, our feet.
Nutmeg brown or mocha brown,
dark chocolate brown or tawny golden brown.
Luminous topaz brown or sweet cappuccino brown,
shiny sepia brown or twinkling brown.
Spruce brown or bay brown,
russet brown or deep tamarind brown.
We are brown. We are beautiful.
From Tan to Tamarind:Poems About the Color Brown by Malathi Michelle Lyengar
My second field trip with Open Books was based on the book Tan to Tamarind and was dedicated to the idea that no matter what color is your skin, you are BEAUTIFUL! Each poem in the book celebrates different shades of the color brown and the role it plays in many human experiences and rituals.
At the end of the workshop the 4th graders created their own poems describing the colors they associate themselves with.
Before writing their poems, the kids learnt about simile and metaphor because they had to craft metaphors to write the poems. Here are just a few examples of the beautiful descriptions students came up with:
“My lips are a smooth peach.”
“My hair is a bright morning sun.”
“My nails are a yellow sweet fresh melons which my mother brought from the market.”
“My eyes are two green ripe apples from my garden.”
It is always a great pleasure for me to work with children and inspire them to open up and share beautiful ideas they have!