Today we are featuring Inklings Book Contest 2018 finalist, Claire Wong! Claire finished 6th grade this past school year. The poem she submitted is called “Purple Rain.”  Our judges enjoyed the strong visual elements Claire used in her poem. Enjoy!

In a plain gray town,

On the outskirts of a city

it rained.


Purple rain.


Like sticky dyed grape juice


Paint being


s p                                     l                               a                 

                            t                   t e    r                                                          e d.




Not clear.

Nor blue.

Purple rain.


It covered the town.

Everything awash with color.

The rain shifted.


Deep ruby

Orange marmalade

Bright daisy centers

Sparkling emerald

Light sky

Deep dark ocean



And back again.


Pi tt          er -pat     ter.                     Pli p –  p lo p.


The rain pours.










The gray town,

No longer gray and gloomy.

Bright streaks of color.

Children laughing.


Purple rain.


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