‘Each week, I will give you all three paint chip words to work with. This week your choices are babbling brook, starship, and lazy lizard. I would like you to choose just one of these paint chips, the one that speaks to you the most. With that one paint chip word or phrase, write a poem of exactly 31 words, not counting the title. The form of the poem is up to you. You could turn to Japanese short form, such as haiku or tanka, though it would probably take more than one to get to 31 words.’
My choice of topic was influenced by having seen a slow worm (legless lizard) earlier in the summer.
A lazy lizard lounged in the longest day languor. Lidded eyes looked longingly at large flies. A long tongue flicked out licking luckless lacewings. Lunch liquefied later within the reptile’s scales.
This week’s prompt from Linda Kruschke is for a monostich – a single line of poetry. The full definition and the paint chip colours as well as her monotich and the responses of others may be found on her blog. Why not have a go?
My challenge to you today is to write a poem using monostich. You could try writing a poem that is a single line in its entirety, or use monostich interspersed throughout a longer poem. I actually hope that someone tries the joke option mentioned in Drury’s definition. I’m not clever enough for that, but I’m sure one of you is.
The paint chip words and phrases you have to work with are the red planet, lily of the valley, dust devil, fossil, green flash, school bus, and inchworm.
I would like you to incorporate one or two of these words and phrases into your monostich, if you decide to write just a one-line poem. If you write a longer poem, with monostich throughout or at the beginning or end, then I would like you to use at least four of the words and phrases, with at least one in a monostich.
Is there life on Mars?
Does lily of the valley grow on the red planet? It might look like a green flash surrounded by granite.
A fossil of an inchworm would be proof positive, innit?
(Although I grew up south of the Thames, I can’t remember using ‘innit’ before! It’s a local version of ‘isn’t it?’.)
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.