I began taking part in Linda Kruschke’s Paint Chip Poetry Challenge during the first lockdown of 2020. The poems I have written so far may be found on my Paint Chip Poetry Page with a few relevant photos. With over 30 poems so far the page is becoming rather unwieldy. I decided that the first week of December, being Advent and the beginning of the church’s year, would be a good time to start sharing any future Paint Chip Poems as blog posts.
Linda’s post can be found here with the coloured paint chip cards and her poem. I am quoting part of her post below.
And trust me, this will be a challenge. I almost feel like I should apologize for the poem the random number generator landed on. It’s titled Eggs Rated from page 149. You’re on your own to figure out what to do with this one.
The paint chip words and phrases you have to work with are easy peasy, puddle, vintage turquoise, moon walk, hearthstone, sun rays, and tangerine dream. May that first phrase characterize your poetry writing for this prompt. Use how ever many of the words and phrases work for you.
It’s my turn to cook dinner tonight.
The reason being that ham omelette
Is easy peasy for me to prepare.
Hubby cooked one that we’ll not forget.
To be 5-star-perfect, an omelette
Has to be fluffy and light.
Inside it’s yellow like the sun’s rays.
Tangerine dream would not be quite right.
I began taking part in a weekly poetry challenge from Linda Kruschke during lockdown. I have collected my poems together on a page.
I have been updating the page each time I complete the challenge, but in case you have missed it I am adding this extra post with an example from the page. I have added a photo to a few of my poems.
Paint chip 38 The Grand Plan
‘For this week’s challenge we are writing about a Grand Plan. It could be something you have planned for the future. It could be an account of some villain’s nefarious grand plan. Or you could write about a grand plan that didn’t quite turn out. The sky’s the limit with this one.
Although, I suppose, you are limited by these odd paint chip words and phrases: fresh-squeezed, tongue-tied, green flash, rainstorm, blank canvas, tumbleweed, and under the sea. Because they are a weird conglomeration of words, I’m only going to ask you to use three. But bonus points if your plan is to use them all and you succeed.’
The Grand Plan
The Grand Plan was a week’s holiday –
A blank canvas of time to fill.
Breakfast with fresh-squeezed orange juice
And favourite cereal was a thrill.
The rainstorm blew up from a blue sky
There was a green flash; tumbleweed
Was blowing everywhere and then
A boat capsized. Folk had to be freed.
Under the sea was not the place to be!
A person, who was not tongue-tied,
Dialled Coastguard (999).
Had he been mute someone might have died.
The verses above are all fiction
Using the challenger’s choices.
It can be fun to write words
With ideas as from other voices!
On Twitter I noticed a video about the damage that carbon dioxide is doing to the seabed. I have been interested in the effects of industry on the environment for a long time. The awareness of these issues among the general public has been raised recently by many people, but especially by David Attenborough.
I had also had a conversation with a younger person about the unknown effects of 5G and electromagnetic fields in general.
As it was a while since I had written any verse, I put pen to paper last week and came up with the following:-
“What the market will bear”,
Doesn’t consider the air.
Air-conditioning keeps us cool,
But heats the outside as a rule.
We think we need to travel fast,
But how long will the fuel last?
Plastic is useful and cheap,
But it pollutes the oceans deep.
Industry makes for prosperity,
But what if it wipes out posterity?
“Nature can take care of itself!”
No, it is being destroyed by stealth.
Carbon dioxide in the air
Increases acidity everywhere.
Acid rain affects the trees,
Dissolves the bottom of the seas.
If more and more species perish,
What will there be left to cherish?
Can we turn the deadly tide?
Must we go for that car ride?
Do we need to buy more stuff
Can we say, “Enough’s enough”?
When carbon footprints are a reason,
Can we only buy food in season?
Everything is getting worse…
…Just like my attempts at verse.
So, dear reader, take a minute
To ponder the earth and all that’s in it.
It was created for good, for us to look after,
For sustenance, fruitfulness, joy and laughter.