Pink, or: Blue

A Nonet

In the 19th century, girls were
assigned blue, a 'dainty' color;
pink was 'stronger', so it was
assigned to boys. Today's
different but
no less ar-
bi- trar-


A nonet has nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second line eight syllables, the third line seven syllables, etcโ€ฆ until line nine finishes with one syllable. It can be on any subject and rhyming is optional.


The above was written for Colleen M. Chesebro’s ‘Tanka Tuesday’ prompt: Poets are to choose their own forms and colors to feature in their syllabic poems.

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Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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56 thoughts on “Pink, or: Blue”

  1. Hey David! Your post made me mull over two Disney animations. One was Cinderella in which we see Ella in a blue ball gown. I always wondered why was she dressed in blue? Maybe, because in animation, blue is pleasing to the eyes. However, the information you’ve shared does make one think otherwise.

    In Sleeping Beauty, we see the fairies constantly changing the colour of Briar Rose’s gown from pink to blue and vice versa. In reflection to your post, the dilemma seems so apt.

    Maybe, I’m reading too much into theses popular animations but I couldn’t help noticing and sharing.

    Also, why are the Bridgerton (Netflix series) sisters always seen in blue. I assumed it to be the family colour but now I think otherwise.

      1. I was more keen on and talking about this – Aurora as she appears in Sleeping Beauty (1959), wearing the blue version of her famous color-changing ballgown. Princess Aurora, also known as Sleeping Beauty or Briar Rose, is a fictional character who appears in Walt Disney Productions’ 16th animated feature film Sleeping Beauty (1959). Your post has given this topic another angle, which I hadn’t thought of before.

        It’s very interesting, David! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

          1. Haha ๐Ÿ˜€

            Did you read the article? Blue is the major colour in the wardrobe of some of them. Bella’s colour is yellow but you’ll spot her wearing blue as well. Same as Ariel.

            Briar Rose has been shown in the pink ballgown which again highlights the message in your post. The ever changing ball gown which leaves blue behind and takes on Pink. In the animation however, I think the dilemma continues till the end.

      1. I had read about this YEARS ago and couldnโ€™t find the resource to prove to people I wasnโ€™t imagining. Then I found the book again and purchased it!
        Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys from the Girls in America

  2. David, I love the visual effect of the colors on this poem. The psychology of color is really interesting. Pink slips are something to fear, along with having the blues. I enjoyed this post!

  3. Colors should reflect the individual. I remember men in the 1960’s wearing pink shirts. Not sure why the traditions of a bride say; “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”
    White as a wedding gown only became ‘traditional’ in the states and Europe after a Royal wedding. In some Asian countries Red is the color of the brides gown. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Nice verse and color play.

  4. A fascinating poem, David! It reminded me of my daughter’s wedding when the mother of the groom informed me that as the mother of the bride, I should wear pink and she would wear blue. I bought a hot pink silk brocade suit for the occasion. ๐Ÿ™‚

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