Sentence fragment paint chip verse

This week Linda Kruschke has another challenge from the S section of the poetry dictionary. Do visit her blog to see the full definition, the colours, her poem and the poems of other participants.

And here is my challenge: to use one or more sentence fragments expressively or rhythmically. You might even choose to write your whole poem as a series of sentence fragments, so long as you do it intentionally and not carelessly. You can write a few couplets, a triolet, a little free verse, or a haiku. Whatever form you choose is up to you, but just be sure to include one or more fragments.
The paint chip words and phrases that you have to work with in your poem are cotton candy, endless dunes, fresh-squeezed, sunny-side up, cream of the crop, verdant, and clown nose.

Linda Kruschke

Free verse about an imaginary scenario appealed to me for this week’s challenge.

Carnival time

The band played
Seated on the verdant foreshore.
The fancy dress parade:

Robots. Mermaids.
A unicorn. Pierrot. The Flintstones.
Paddington bear without his coat.

Children with cotton candy:
Noses and mouths sugar pink,
Almost clown-nose red.

Parents hoping for something fresh-
Squeezed hands of toddlers
Lest they vanish in endless dunes.

Back for a quick snack.
Sunny-side up with home-grown tomatoes,
The cream of the crop.

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