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A paint chip poem

This week’s challenge from Linda Kruschke is, ‘What is a paint chip poem?’ Do visit her blog to see the colours, her poem and other responses to this challenge.

‘My challenge to you is to write a poem that conveys an experience or an emotion, or that is simply your beautiful arrangement of words to convey whatever you like. You can either pick one word and flesh out what it inspires in you, or use at least five of the seven paint chip words offered today. Bonus points for using all seven.

The paint chips I picked today are pearly gates, habanero, mud, pins and needles, breezy, quicksand, and indigo.

It’s an odd selection, I admit, and few seem to go together. Although I can certainly see mud and quicksand showing up in the same poem.’


Nefarious connections

Sensations caused by habanero, mud
And quicksand are various.
Digestion may be breezy; toes with
Pins and needles tingle – hilarious
Thoughts, then dark mood indigo
As pearly gate entry is never vicarious.

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Object poem with Paint chips

This week Linda Kruschke’s challenge is for an object poem. Please visit her blog for more information, the paint chip colours and her poems.

‘My challenge to you is to pick one of the paint chips below and write an object poem about it. If you are feeling ambitious, write a series of object poems, one about each of the paint chip words and phrases. If you are feeling rebellious, you can write an object poem about some other object but incorporate one or more of the paint chip words and phrases in your poem.

‘The paint chip words and phrases we have to work with this week are cottonnestemeraldwonderful wisteriaBoundary Watershermit crab, and swamp.’


Wonderful wisteria reminded me of a white one at Hill Top. That is the object I chose for my poem, but I used two of the other words as well.

Hill Top in May

A country cottage

When we visited Hill Top we were amazed
By wonderful wisteria in flower halfway across
The front of the house where Beatrix Potter
Once lived. Billowing blooms like white candyfloss.

Trimmed and trained around green-framed sash-windows
Its multiflowered sprays attract bees; other kinds of insect
Visit it too. The light breeze tosses its blossom
Making a long exposure focus suspect.

Across the doorway a bushier tree grows;
Its abundant foliage could provide cover for a nest.
Perhaps a pair of blackbirds might live there, but
Popularity with tourists is no jest.

Around the world people read about Peter
Rabbit, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail and come to visit
The place associated with the author.
That’s a blessing to the village, or is it?


Notes: Candyfloss is UK English for cotton candy.

The visit to Hill Top is described on Sue’s words and pictures.

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Narrative poem with paint chips

Linda Kruschke’s challenge this week is for a Narrative poem. Do visit her blog for more detail including the colours and her poem. She writes:

‘Your challenge is to write a narrative poem, to tell a story. It can be true, completely fictional, or a combination thereof. The format is up to you. Couplets, free verse, rhyming or not.

‘The paint chip words and phrases you have to work with are antique rosesurf’s upmistletoemustard seedskyscrapereasy peasy, and jack-o’-lantern.

‘I would like you to use at least four of these paint chips in your poem.

‘For an extra twist, perhaps incorporate one or two of the colors themselves, using whatever name you would ascribe to them.’


Fashion statements

Getting the length of a miniskirt
Correct used to be easy-peasy.
Kneel on the floor, not in the dirt –
That most certainly would not have pleased me.

A mini-dress in brighter yellow
Shades than mustard seed had been measured
The same way. Then a young fellow
Made a comment – a memory not treasured.

What amateur dressmakers had not
Taken into account was, movement
Lifts up a dress’s hem a lot!
I guess there’s always room for improvement.

Four inches above the knee was right
For a skirt. Lime green and navy
Went well together. Colours bright
As Jack-o-lantern orange adorned me.

Even middle-aged men wore coloured shirts.
Dad had a smart shirt of dusky pink.
(They didn’t do it to be flirts.)
With elephant-grey trousers – made us blink.

Psychedelic patterns in bright hues,
Like antique rose and mistletoe green
Chosen for handbags and summer shoes.
In the Sixties people wanted to be seen!

Hems have since been lower, necklines too.
Colours make a splash, bright red the best.
Fashions change, shapes return, sleeves do too,
But are they eco-friendly? That’s the test.