"Purple Mountain" painting by Upstream Arts participants

Purple Moutain

Lake water and rivers
Laughter and music
A storm of little purple grapes
Master P picked purple flowers
Holler if ya hear me
Yell, “Yellow!” if ya hear the bus
Riding to the mall.
Worried and blue like a yellow wise guy
Stressed when clouds close the sun
Knock, knock, click, click, knock

Phoenix Alternatives

In Upstream Arts programs, participants write poetry collectively. Prompted by a color or emotion, the participants contribute ideas to create the poem. In a later class, participants sometimes create a collaborative painting to accompany the poem. Using color, line and shape, the participants take turns painting the sentiments expressed in their poem.