What Color Would be? (Ballad)

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What color would you be -A Ballad by Ritika Nahata
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I asked a group of friends in park
If given a chance, t’pick a tint
What would you tick a light or dark?
I saw in eyes a spark and glint.

Edgar’n Sylvia chose a black
Maybe they never saw a light
Umm right, their life’s in total wack
They need a jack to send the plight

My friend Shel, Ogden, Robert’n Jack
Went straight for light, no second thought
Pink, lime, or sky. A hue that whack
Crack of which makes funny bone haut.

Alex’s answer was peculiar
He chose not the light nor the dark
But the one like him, lot cooler
He’d be pellucid, with a spark


Ballads are a form of narrative verse that can be either poetic or musical; not all ballads are songs. Many ballads tell stories, but this is not a mandatory attribute of the form. Many musical ballads are slow and emotionally evocative. And some are simply playful and fun.

Rules for a Ballad

1.Generally follows a pattern of rhymed quatrains.
2.Generally, the 2nd and 4th lines rhyme.
3.There is a consistent meter, such as iambic.
4.You can choose any tone you like whether purposeful, playful, plaintive, or mysterious

In This Poem

  • The poem is a playful rhyme. The speaker is asking their friends the color of skin they’d choose for themselves if they a ha choice w.r.t. same in a hypothetical situation.
  • There is a rhyming scheme of A-B-A-B.
  • The poem follows an iambic tetrameter.
  • It is a story of conversation in the park. And all the names are of a famous poet.
What color would you be -A Ballad by Ritika Nahata
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