Paint chip 31 word verse – acorn

This week Linda Kruschke’s paint chip challenge is for a 31-word poem about one of the following: acorn, pearl or black hole. Don’t forget to visit her post to see the colours, her poem and the poems of others. Why not add your own?

Planting seeds

Large oaks from little acorns grow;
Time is needed to prove that though.
Our words may cheer folk on their way
Even if they never say.
Ideas spread
Like branches

Paint chip 31 word poem – breath of fresh air

Linda Kruschke’s paint chips this week for a 31 word poem are bronze, chanterelle and breath of fresh air.

Don’t forget to visit her blog for the full prompt, her poem and the poems of other participants. Why not link your own poem there too?

Like Linda I have picked ‘breath of fresh air’.

A new broom

Someone with new ideas
May be welcomed as
A breath fresh air –
Working with love, care,
Honesty and integrity,
Getting down to the nitty gritty,
Admitting their mistakes,
Being great shakes.


Paint chip poem with 31 words – corn maze

During August Linda Kruschke is providing a choice of three paint chips each week as inspiration for a 31-word poem.

Linda writes:
‘This week’s paint chip words and phrases are corn maze, obsidian, and matcha.
Once again, I would like you to pick just one of these words or phrases and write a poem of exactly 31 words (because there are 31 days in August). The title, if you want to have one, is not included in the word count.
Please visit her blog for the whole challenge, her poem and the poems of other participants.’

This time I have chosen to write about a corn maze, which in UK English would be a maize maze. I have had trouble confining myself to 31 words, ending up with two 31-word verses. The first is factual and the second somewhat fictitious.


Outside we can see
Fields and the Irish Sea;
Pastures with herds and flocks;
Crops swell the stocks
Of silage, oilseed rape, barley –
And once a corn maze was a novelty.

In the corn maze
The spikes of maize
Dwarf little people like me.
We took two turns left – or was it three?
I’ll be happier when
We find the exit again!

Blue sky with clouds, blue sea on left, headland with fields on right, buildings more pastures on left, telegraph pole, trees
Irish Sea and fields in August after crops have been harvested