This Is What Happened When I Found Inspiration In Ink Colors

This Is What Happened When I Found Inspiration In Ink Colors

Here are some unconstrained thoughts, disguised as poems.

I am an avid note-taker and for every class this semester, I am writing notes in a different color ink. Blue is for classes under my major, black is for general music classes, red is for science, and so on. Occasionally I find writing inspiration in nothing more than the color of the ink. So, here are some unconstrained thoughts, disguised as poems, based on colors…


What if I wrote in only red ink?

It is very possible you’d see red.

Fire engine red,

Red hot,

Hot flames,

Flame tongues,

Tongues talk.

Would you feel criticized by every word?

Or maybe you would read all my words as gospel.

If I drew a picture of the weather,

Would the rain drops look like blood?

If I drew a green light,

Would you stop?

If I drew blackberries,

Would you find them



I’m jealous of any eyes

That can connect with yours.

I surround myself with green.

Green apple candy,

Green logo on my coffee cup,

So sweet.

I drown in green.

I snap out of this green haze,

Wishing to live

A dream in green.


Black is so often thought of

As destructive.

Little do people know (or notice)

That black is the color of origin.

Black lines on my eyelids

Make me feel pretty

Black pants on my legs

Make me feel angsty

Black shoes on my feet

Make me feel at home.

Black and white photos

Trigger that section of my brain

Lighting up with nostalgia.

Black keys mean different things

At different times.

36 on a piano

To make music.

A variety on the computer

To make words

Like the ones I am typ…


Wednesday blues.

They are like Monday blues,

But more despairing,

More worn out.

Though that is not all

Blue represents.

Blue is for ocean waves,

Cloudless days,

And power cords

Attached to my turntable

Playing Nina,

Sings the blues.

Blues so good

You almost forget they’re blue.

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A Beginner's Guide to Milwaukee Sports

Part I: The Bucks


Being a college student in Milwaukee has its perks, especially for sports fans. Now, while some may have brought their hometown teams to college, others (myself included) may have warmed up to the Cream City teams without knowing much about them. If this is the case for you, then these pointers can help you start enjoying Milwaukee basketball without looking and sounding like a bandwagon fan.

Quick History

Here are some facts about the Bucks that can make you feel more knowledgeable about the franchise:

- They have only won one championship (back in 1971) and have lost one NBA Finals series (1974) (Land of Basketball)

- They have only had one* MVP-caliber player in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#33) during the 1971, 1972, and 1974 seasons (Land of Basketball)

- Other Notable Players Include: Oscar Robertson (#1), Sidney Moncrief (#4), Jon McGlocklin (#14) and Ray Allen (#34) (Land of Basketball)

*Giannis Antetokounmpo may win the MVP award this year


Gear Up

This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Wearing team's colors or spirit wear is a must, especially if you're going to a game. Most items like hats and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable, and these are great if you're not trying to break the bank. Buying your gear from a sporting goods store will usually be cheaper than buying them from the team store (the main one of which is located in Fiserv Forum). Most online stores like, Fanatics, Fansedge, and sometimes even the team's online store will have sales on sports gear, so getting a good deal on team wear is always a plus!

A Word of Caution: Jerseys

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If you're willing to go the extra mile, buying a jersey can really get you into locked in and pumped for the live action. However, it should be kept in mind that official Nike NBA jerseys range from $110-$250, so they definitely are an investment. While there are other options available like the FastBreak jerseys by Fanatics, they are a simpler (still official) knockoff of the Nike jerseys. Also; beware buying sale jerseys. There are usually three reasons why jerseys are ever on sale (aside from a storewide sale): a player is injured, a player doesn't play much and is about to be traded, or a player has been traded. While there is nothing wrong with having the jersey of a player who went on to another team (like Kareem and Allen), you are not exactly going to get brownie points for wearing a Jabari Parker or a Thon Maker jersey anytime soon.

Know The Current Squad

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Everyone in Milwaukee has heard of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but who else is part of the supporting cast?

Starting Five for the 2018-2019 Milwaukee Bucks (Basketball Reference):

- #6 Eric Bledsoe at Point Guard

- #13 Malcolm "The President" Brogdon at Shooting Guard

- #22 Khris "Money" Middleton at Small Forward

- #34 Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo at Power Forward

- #11 Brook "Splash Mountain" Lopez at Center

Student Perk

Using your university email, you can get special discount ticket offers for home games by signing up for the Bucks' Student Rush Program. Tickets usually start at $15 per ticket, and the seats available may depend on who the Bucks are playing (and how well they are doing during the season).

Get Involved and Have Fun!

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Don't be afraid to get into it! The Bucks are an amazing team to watch and they love Bucks Nation. In addition to cheering at games, going to team events and player appearances can be great ways to make memories and even get an autograph or two!

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