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21 Poems About The Color Yellow

Inside: Our favorite yellow poems to celebrate the best spring color.

Yellow is the happiest color on the whole color wheel. It’s the color of the sun, of flowers, it’s in rainbows and hair, it’s everywhere! Its been a proud contributor to the arts as well, dating all the way back to the cavemen era.

That makes it one of the oldest colors in history! It’s been found on cave paintings that are over 17,000 years old and has been in nature since things first began to grow. So of course, there are poems dedicated to it!

I mean, I couldn’t help but make a rhyme myself with those with a few of these sentences. Yellow is just perfect for poems! In fact, I’ve created a list of 21 of the best poems dedicated to the color yellow.

But first, a brief history. That’s right…colors have history too…

Poems about the color yellow

The History of Yellow

As stated above, yellow was found to be one of the oldest colors in history, dating back to the caveman era. They used the yellow pigmentation from plants to paint with. This was also used by ancient Egypt and Rome to depict skin color. During the renaissance time, they used what was referred to as ‘Indian Yellow’, which was achieved through cows only eating mango leaves….yuck!

Throughout time, yellow has obtained its own meaning and symbolism as well. In many ancient religions, yellow was seen as sacred and indestructible. This is because many religions worshiped the sun god, and the sun is perceived as yellow. The ancient Egyptians believed that their god’s skin and bones were gold and used yellow to pigment their skin in depictions! In Buddhism, this color is important too, to them it symbolizes humility. Today, yellow can symbolize happiness, summertime, spontaneity, and celebration!

The yellow dye that is used to dye fabrics and to paint with can be created using many things. These days things can be done synthetically, but back in the day, they’d use nature. Things like Celery, Peachtree leaves, & Dandelions were used to obtain its hue!

Yellow’s Effect on Brain

Yellow also has been proven to have psychological effects on the brain! It affects the left side of the brain to be exact. Out of all of the colors, Yellow is the most noticeable to human eyes. This color is said to aid in analytical thinking. It also brings up feelings of happiness and optimism in those who see it. Though too much yellow at one time can actually lead to annoyance and agitation from viewers and may also make you visually fatigued. Who knew one color held so much power!

With yellow being so present in our lives and in art, it should be of no surprise that there have been poems written about it as well! Some of my favorite poems are dedicated to colors and yellow is among the highest of them. It’s affected people throughout the world. I’ve created a list of 21 of the best poems about the color Yellow that you must read! Scroll down to get started!

Poems about Yellow

Yellow Poetry

1.Yellow Shoes in the Darkness

Walking through the land of shadows
wearing my yellow shoes
With each and every step
I created color and hues

The shadows started retreating
As color permeated the ground
Out of the shadowy darkness
I heard a horrible sound

“You do not belong here
I command you to go away
You are in the land of darkness
You must listen to what I say”

I kept on moving forward
Not sure what I would see
Where was the voice coming from
I looked behind a tree

Light and color expanded
Traveling up straight to the skies
The entity that so scared me
Was right before my eyes

As my shoes banished the darkness
The entity was reduced to tears
Without the aid of shadows
He couldn’t tap into my fears

I then reached down to touch him
I told him that he was safe
He looked up with confusion
As I gazed upon his face

“Are you here to destroy me?
Have you come to take me away?
There is a purpose for shadows
They create hope for brighter days.”

I heard what he was saying
The shadows have their reason
In order for spring to come
We need a darker season

So I removed my yellow shoes
Watched as the shadows returned
It was time for me to go home
With this strange lesson I had learned
-Richard Lamoureux

2. Daffodils

on stalks of green are faces of yellow
daffodils smile and say hello
social butterflies as they cluster
tilting their heads in chitter chatter

intoxicating musk of narcissi passion
flowing yellow ribbons over hills of green
bringing my world back to colour
after winter’s black and white dream

-Sherry Ann

3. The Yellow Violet

When beechen buds begin to swell,
  And woods the blue-bird’s warble know,
The yellow violet’s modest bell
  Peeps from the last year’s leaves below.
Ere russet fields their green resume,
  Sweet flower, I love, in forest bare,
To meet thee, when thy faint perfume
  Alone is in the virgin air.
Of all her train, the hands of Spring
  First plant thee in the watery mould,
And I have seen thee blossoming
  Beside the snow-bank’s edges cold.
Thy parent sun, who bade thee view
  Pale skies, and chilling moisture sip,
Has bathed thee in his own bright hue,
  And streaked with jet thy glowing lip.
Yet slight thy form, and low thy seat,
  And earthward bent thy gentle eye,
Unapt the passing view to meet
  When loftier flowers are flaunting nigh.
Oft, in the sunless April day,
  Thy early smile has stayed my walk;
But midst the gorgeous blooms of May,
  I passed thee on thy humble stalk.
So they, who climb to wealth, forget
  The friends in darker fortunes tried.
I copied them—but I regret
  That I should ape the ways of pride.
And when again the genial hour
  Awakes the painted tribes of light,
I’ll not o’erlook the modest flower
  That made the woods of April bright.
-William Cullen Bryant

4. Theme in Yellow

I spot the hills
With yellow balls in autumn.
I light the prairie cornfields
Orange and tawny gold clusters
And I am called pumpkins.
On the last of October
When dusk is fallen
Children join hands
And circle round me
Singing ghost songs
And love to the harvest moon;
I am a jack-o’-lantern
With terrible teeth
And the children know
I am fooling.
-Carl Sandburg
mellow yellow poems

5. Haiku

The low yellow
moon above the
Quiet lamplit house.

-Jack Kerouac

6. Yellow

Yellow is the sun of childhood
the certain day
the fine silk strands
of youthful years
and wearing them
in a simple dress
of pale shantung
natural delicate
rustling against warm thighs

Yellow is a daisy-chain of memories
picking primroses in the woods
on Mothering Sunday
mailing them home in a tin box –
the flowers arranged on damp moss

sandals on sea fronts
Italian ice-cream
English mustard in a blue glass pot
Welsh rarebit and tea
with my father on visiting days.

Yellow is perfect dawn –
a bouquet of open beaks in a nest
promising next year
and the year after next

it is the pure primary before the smudges
of growing up clouds it with tears

Yellow is a hurting joy like Chopin

it clings with tendrils to my mind

-Phillipa Lane

7. Modern Love: XI 

Out in the yellow meadows, where the bee
Hums by us with the honey of the Spring,
And showers of sweet notes from the larks on wing,
Are dropping like a noon-dew, wander we.
Or is it now? or was it then? for now,
As then, the larks from running rings pour showers:
The golden foot of May is on the flowers,
And friendly shadows dance upon her brow.
What’s this, when Nature swears there is no change
To challenge eyesight? Now, as then, the grace
Of heaven seems holding earth in its embrace.
Nor eyes, nor heart, has she to feel it strange?
Look, woman, in the West. There wilt thou see
An amber cradle near the sun’s decline:
Within it, featured even in death divine,
Is lying a dead infant, slain by thee.
-George Meredith

8. Part II: Nature

NATURE rarer uses yellow
Than another hue;
Saves she all of that for sunsets,—
Prodigal of blue,

Spending scarlet like a woman, 5
Yellow she affords
Only scantly and selectly,
Like a lover’s words.

-Emily Dickenson

9. Symphony In Yellow

An omnibus across the bridge
Crawls like a yellow butterfly,
And, here and there a passer-by
Shows like a little restless midge.

Big barges full of yellow hay
Are moored against the shadowy wharf,
And, like a yellow silken scarf,
The thick fog hangs along the quay.

The yellow leaves begin to fade
And flutter from the temple elms,
And at my feet the pale green Thames
Lies like a rod of rippled jade

-Oscar Wilde

10. Yellow Flowers

You made me love yellow flowers
in the middle of July,
when everything was dying
because the ground was so dry.

You offered them to me
with the faintest smile on your face,
caressed the lemon petals
as you put them on display.

I looked at them quizzically,
questioning there presence.
You embraced me with laughter,
said they’re my essence.

You told me a short story
of blossoms and blooms,
and strength and survival,
in the midst of gloom.

And I fell in love with yellow flowers
because of the story you shared,
and I cherished their sunshine,
and the meaning they bared.

And then they were gone.

Along with you
and your stories and smile.

No laughter or embrace.
No petals or blooms,
sunshine or lemons.

The ground was dry
and cracked
and barren.

And I was alone,
with just a fading scent
and drifting memories.

You made me love yellow flowers,
then you took them away.
-Rapsede Blu

Yellow Poetry

People from all across time and space have written poetry dedicated to the color yellow. By space, I mean the earth, but one-day real space may actually be a real thing too! This is one of my favorite things about poetry. You can read someone’s words from over 100 years ago and be moved, inspired even. Not only is this person a stranger, but you didn’t even exist during the same time, and yet they can have an impact on you. Our connections to other humans can span several lifetimes, and that is amazing to me. When reading the poems below, it’s like you’re reading in a time machine!

Yellow poetry

11. Light 

The color of happiness

Fills my senses

The taste

The sensation

The sight

The smell

The sound

Yellow surrounds my entire being,

and I couldn’t be happier.


12. Yellow

Filled with beauty.
Filled with admiration.
An admiration louder than scorn.
These yellow giants stare at their goddess in awe.

They’re happy flowers with smiley faces,
sun praising angels.
That when their goddess’s light is unveiled, they shower in her glistened kisses.
Though when she leaves, they sense her absence, and are left with the feeling of unpleasance.

Such graceful worshippers can’t help but embody the sun.
Amber, a sort of honey glow color, within each petal, of each sunflower.
Sky high, it’s green stems towers it’s environment.
Towers it like an ocean-cliff.

Vibrant and warm.
As free as air, they stand tremendously stunning and yellow.
That yellow.
The yellow from a lemon.
The yellow so bright, so alive,
like their goddess’s.
These yellow flowers,
These yellow giants,
Are the sun’s very own yellow guardians.


13. Yellow

the stars are yellow
the moon is yellow
the sun is yellow

my sheets are yellow
in it is my fellow
his eyes are mellow

he takes my hand
and I take his
and together
we create lovely yellow


14. Colors

What is pink? a rose is pink
By a fountain’s brink.
What is red? a poppy’s red
In its barley bed.
What is blue? the sky is blue
Where the clouds float thro’.
What is white? a swan is white
Sailing in the light.
What is yellow? pears are yellow,
Rich and ripe and mellow.
What is green? the grass is green,
With small flowers between.
What is violet? clouds are violet
In the summer twilight.
What is orange? Why, an orange,
Just an orange!

-Christina Rossetti

15. Porphyria’s Lover Excerpt(Read full poem here)

She put my arm about her waist,
And made her smooth white shoulder bare,
And all her yellow hair displaced,
And, stooping, made my cheek lie there,
And spread, o’er all, her yellow hair,
Murmuring how she loved me — she
Too weak, for all her heart’s endeavour,

-Robert Browning

16. Apricot

soft apricot

skin golden

yellow summer fruit

-Zera Masters

17. The Great American Yellow

she heard tales about saving grapefruit skins for cooking
she grew bright under the neon dragon of Chinatown
she made saffron curry rice for friends
she attended a barbecue in Amarillo, Texas
she stepped around yellow piss in snow
she cut herself on a Hawaiian pineapple
she learned to name forsythia where it grew
visions of ochre and citronella eluded he

-Frances Chung

18. Mau Vang

The sun glows
the same color
as my skin
as sunflowers
as happiness
but why
does the color of my people
the color that means joy
the same color I’m proud of
be the same reason that
you measure my worth
and the weight isn’t in gold

-Anna Dang

19. Yellow Senses

Yellow is beautiful
And kind.
Yellow tastes sour down my throat.
It feels like the warmth of the sky.
Yellow sounds like kids laughing down the street.
It feels like warmth upon my head.
Yellow looks like a big circle in the sky.
It makes me smile and play.
Yellow is my favorite color.

-Favor M. Abioye

20. Colors Passing Through Us Excerpt(Read full poem here)

Yellow as a goat’s wise and wicked eyes,
yellow as a hill of daffodils,
yellow as dandelions by the highway,
yellow as butter and egg yolks,
yellow as a school bus stopping you,
yellow as a slicker in a downpour.
-Marge Piercy

21. For Anne Gregory

‘NEVER shall a young man,
Thrown into despair
By those great honey-coloured
Ramparts at your ear,
Love you for yourself alone
And not your yellow hair.’
‘But I can get a hair-dye
And set such colour there,
Brown, or black, or carrot,
That young men in despair
May love me for myself alone
And not my yellow hair.’
‘I heard an old religious man
But yesternight declare
That he had found a text to prove
That only God, my dear,
Could love you for yourself alone
And not your yellow hair.’

-William Butler Yeats

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