Project 365: Rainbow

My mom's birthday is next Wednesday, and for her birthday this year, she requested an eyeshadow palette. So this is the eyeshadow palette I procured for her:

You like? It's by Stila, whose line of makeup I lurve. This palette had good reviews on Sephora, plus it contains every color under the sun (and then some), so I figured it was a good buy. I hope she likes it!

Speaking of color, I read the poem "Theme for English B" by the amazing Langston Hughes this week, which led to an great discussion on race and how we label each other in society. I then instructed my students to "go home and write a page tonight," just as the speaker in the poem was instructed to do by his professor. In order to better encourage my students to do the assignment, I promised I would do it, too. And I actually like how mine turned out! I did it in blank verse form, modeling it after Langston Hughes. Let me know what you think...

by Ana Cristina Simón

My instructions were,

Go home and write
a page tonight.
And let that page come out of you---
Then, it will be true.

I realize now Langston Hughes was right in wondering if it was that simple---
Because it’s not that simple.
I am thirty-two, Cuban-American, born in Miami.
I was raised in Hialeah, where I also went to school.
I am the only one in my immediate family to graduate college.
And I have always known, somehow, that I would end up in school again—
Only next time as a teacher.

It’s not easy to know what is true for you or me
at thirty-two, my age. But like Langston Hughes, I guess I’m
what I feel and see and hear. Students, I hear you:
hear you, hear me – we all – you, me talk on this page.
So listen…

Well, like Langston Hughes, I also like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love.
(Don’t we all?)
I like to ask questions, learn lots, read, listen, and think about life.
I like a nice piece of jewelry for a Christmas present,
Or CDs -- U2, Shakira, or Regina Spektor.
I guess being a thirty-year old Cuban-American doesn’t make me not like
the same things other folks like who are other races, other ages.
But like Langston Hughes, I’ve also got to ask:
Will my page be colored that I write?

If my page must be colored, then let it be colored
in a rainbow of riotous red, spunky orange, joyous yellow, and glittering green.
Then wash this page in calming blue, forgetting not the violet.
Let my page overflow
With all the colors that make me, me –
All the colors that make me, you.
Me, you, you me –-- we all color this page called life.
That’s human.
Although sometimes you don’t want your colors to mix with mine,
nor do I often want to mix mine with yours.
But we do, that’s true!
As I learn from you,
I guess (I hope!) you learn from me ---
Although you are younger
and somewhat more attention-deprived.

This is my page for English I.

My students will be turning in their versions next week. I can't wait to read them! :)

2 comment(s):

Claire Kiefer said...

I think it's such a good idea to do the assignments that you assign your students. :) And I looooove Stila, too! I've tried several of their products, and sweet Summer sent me a set for Christmas with eyeshadow, moisturizer, and the most incredible lip gloss. I'm such a Sephora addict . . .

Lauren @The Little Things We Do.... said...

what a great gift for your mama! i feel like a lot of those eye shadow pallettes have a bunch of crazy bright colors that are completely unwearable, but every color in this palette looks wearable. great find!