Paint chip poetry

The poems on this page are my responses to Linda Kruschke’s Paint Chip poetry challenges. The latest poems appear at the top of this page. Some of them have also appeared in the comments on Linda’s blog. I began doing this during the covid-19 lockdown on both sides of the Atlantic.

From challenge 49  of 2020 I have been posting on my blog instead of on this page. Click on the links to view posts.

Paint chip Octave 4

Paint chip Octave 3

Paint chip Octave 2

Paint chip Octave 1

Paint chip sestina

Paint chip similes

Sentence fragment paint chip verse

Not quite rhyming – slanted paint chips

Paint chip 31 word verse – acorn

Paint chip 31 word poem – breath of fresh air

Paint chip poem with 31 words – corn maze

Paint chip 31 word poem – Lazy lizard

Paint chip monostich

Paint chip villanelle

Paint chip letter in verse

Ubi sunt Paint chip poem

Paint chip Terza rima

Tanka paint chip poem

Sixain paint chip poetry prompt

Rondelet Paint chip poetry challenge

Paint chip catch up

Quintilla paint chip challenge

Occasional paint chip poem

A paint chip poem

Object poem with paint chips

Narrative poem with paint chips

Metonymy paint chip poetry

A line of paint chip verse

Kyrielle paint chip poem

Juxtaposed paint chips

Idyll paint chip poem

Paint chip haibun

Ghazal paint chip poem

Fable paint chip prompt

Ekphrastic poetry paint chip prompt

Dramatic monologue paint chip poetry prompt

Chance Cinquain poetry prompt

Ballade paint chip poetry prompt

Abstract poetry paint chip prompt

Paint chip challenge 52 Silence

Paint chip challenge 51 Baptismal gowns upstairs

Paint Chip Challenge 50

Paint Chip Challenge 49

Links to posts on the page

Challenges included on this page:

48 Seaside observations

47 The Art Gallery

46 No arachnophobia here!

45 Caring for creation

44 Starting kindergarten

43 Sorry, Night!

42 Were there bonus points?

41 April memories

40 Unprompted

38 The Grand Plan

37 Concerning old age and climate change

36 Spouting my concern

35 The Future

34 I promise a laugh

33 From Best to Worst

32 One of These Things Is Not Like the Others

31 Nostalgia

30 When I was little

29 A long lost friend

28 Cumbria

27 My home town

24 A shopping spree

23 Now, Once upon a time and Forever

22 My dream job

21 Our garden in May

20 Sand martins under the spotlight

19 At the end of the day

17 I predict a chuckle

16 Places of pilgrimage

15 Lockdown

14 Unpredictable


To see the colours and Linda’s poems please right click on the links to the prompts.

Seaside observations

Rippled sand on a beach with distant cliffs
My local beach

Paint chip challenge 48

The theme poem title is “The Country Faith” by Norman Gal. You have these seven paint chip words and phrases to work with: brain teaser, midnight, beach walk, dumpling, castle, cliff’s edge, and Sahara. Please use at least five of these in your poem. For extra bonus points, write your poem in rhyming couplets.

Walking on the beach is something I often do. For more photos please visit my other blog, Sue’s words and pictures.

Seaside observations

A beach walk always reminds me of the creator’s power
Making all I can see from grains of sand to high cliffs that tower.

The cliff’s edge is changing with each winter storm – falling down
In piles of sand and stone, while suspended sand makes the sea look brown.

The sand on the beach changes each day as the tide moves it.
Pools and streams form. There may be whelks, and barnacles on a limpet.

Sometimes the sand’s surface is wet, deeply ripple-patterned.
Other times it is blown Sahara-dry along the surface, flattened.

At midnight when the silvery moon is full the sea shines,
And lights of fishing boats can be seen – they use nets not rods and lines.

Fishermen bring their catches to fill many a freezer.
I now know that, ‘Work out your salvation’ is not a brain teaser.


Paint chip 47 The painter

So today I want you to be the painter and create a vivid picture with words. Paint a place that we are either drawn to visit or afraid we’ll have to go to some day.

And I want you to paint your picture with all 7 of these paint chip words and phrases: bramble, wheat fields, graphite, the Great Plains, grizzly, herb garden, and iron gate.

The Art Gallery

The comfy benches in the middle attract
Those who like to sit and stare
At the details of each painting,
Until they feel they could almost be there.

The Great Plains extend right to the horizon,
Golden wheat fields without end.
Nearby a grizzly bear is framed,
Almost life-like in the way its limbs bend.

I am drawn to the oil painting
Of a cottage with roses
And the herb garden beside it.
A young child looks to be making posies.

Out comes my small sketch book and 2B pencil.
I use graphite, not wet paint,
Noting the colours for later.
Shortage of time to draw is my chief complaint.

When the curator rings a warning bell
To say it is getting late
I am surprised. I gather my things
And leave the premises through an iron gate.

It is almost dark outside now.
A trailing bramble unseen
Snags my ankle, almost tripping
Me up. Despite the fright, I’m glad to have been.


No arachnophobia here!

Paint Chip Challenge 46 Obedience


The paint chip words and phrases are starship, zephyr, slow, black widow, coffee, lemonade, and sunny-side up. I want you to pick two or three, and no more, of these words and phrases and write a tanka. That means you get a total of 31 syllables written in lines of 5/7/5/7/7.

No Arachnophobia here!

I am not afraid
Of spiders, but have not yet
Seen a black widow.
If I did I might replay
My mem’ry in slow motion.


Caring for creation

Paint Chip Challenge #45

So that’s our theme today: kindred. You don’t have to use the actual word in your poem, but rather write about your kindred. Our kin can be actual, blood relatives, or it can be a group of people with which we share beliefs, attitudes, or feelings.

The paint chip words you have to work with are sea glasslighthouseblizzardplum perfectchanterelleouter space, and antique lace. I would like you to use at least 5 of these 7 words and phrases. Bonus points if you use the last 2 in your rhyme scheme.

Caring for creation

We are saddened by the blizzard of litter,
Blown about in windy weather.
It lands in trees, on the railway banks
Or among the moorland heather.

We don’t mind sea glass on the beach,
But object to discarded cans,
And bottles, which break, cutting
Paws of dogs and feet of humans.

There is enough plastic in the sea
That it might be seen from outer space,
While electric street-lights look like
Sparkling strings of antique lace.

We have been known to go about
With bin-bags, litter-pickers, gloves
And a determination to clean the place
And make it safe for little loves.

After dark we spot the flashing beams
Of lighthouses across the sea,
We know our world is not plum
Perfect, but the next world will be.


Starting kindergarten

Paint chip challenge 44

This week our theme comes from page 237 of The Romantic Poets, a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge called “The Nightingale.”

You can also write a conversation poem, if you like, or write a poem set in April 1798. Please use at least three of the following paint chip words and phrases: wild blue yonder, lavender, supernova, highlighter, elephant, teddy bear, and dinosaur. As always, there will be extra bonus points if you use them all.

Starting kindergarten

‘No you can’t take your teddy bear with you today!’
‘Why not? He’ll be lonely without me.’
‘You can tell him about your day once you’re home.
‘It wouldn’t do to lose him, believe you me.’

‘When you are older you will learn about a supernova,
‘But for now you’ll be content with dinosaurs and elephants.
‘Remember to listen to your teacher.
‘And to keep your shirt tails tucked into your pants.’

‘When I come home will you let me draw
‘With your highlighter pens?’
‘If you like, while we listen to birdsong –
‘Sweet nightingales singing and noisy hens.’

‘What will you do while I’m not here?’
‘I’ll stitch some lavender bags with lace
‘And ribbon, and dream about the wild
‘Blue yonder or another place’


Sorry, Night!

Paint chip challenge 43 To Night

Once again I determined our theme from a random page in my book of The Romantic Poets. The poem that starts on page 710 is To Night by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Our paint chip words and phrases are cabin in the woods, deviled eggs, cotton, Aquarius, blossom, showtime, and night owl. The bonus angel card is trust (plus it has a cute unicorn on it that might make its way into someone’s poem). Use however many of these words and phrases you want. I don’t plan to use them all this week, just to mix things up a bit.

Sorry, Night!

A night owl likes to dance until the morning.
Showtime is the evening or the afternoon.
The show, Hair, had a song with Aquarius dawning.
It might have shocked me!

Now you could all trust that I’m able to cook
Soufflés, omelettes, eggs boiled, poached or scrambled
But to find out what devilled eggs are, I’d have to look
At a recipe.

Some eat eggs for breakfast at a table set
With a gingham cotton tablecloth, crockery
And shiny cutlery in a cabin in the woods, yet
They are not for me.

These verses are about night being over, not
An ode to night as was required by the prompt.
Perhaps my words left to stew would blossom – or rot!
Night, this is from me.


Were there bonus points?

Paint chip challenge 42 Written in March

And so the challenge today is to write a poem about something written in March, or written during a march I suppose, and using at least 5 of the following words and phrases: the road less traveledPlymouth Rocktissuetaxichalkboardbrown-paper package, and yellow brick road.

Were there bonus points?

In March five years six months ago
I wrote a poem I’d have you know.
I wrote it for St Patrick’s Day.
About grammar and spelling I had my say.

I pretended to be a leprechaun –
Well, I’m petite and wear green, not fawn.
I didn’t take a black taxi
Along a yellow brick road; I can see

A brown-paper package with tissue
Might be labelled, ‘This is for Sue,’
A book, The Road Less Travelled
On my bookshelf, rhymes with yarn unravelled.

The song ‘Anything goes’ includes Plymouth Rock,
And the rhyme for that must be ‘shock’.
Adding the last word, that’s chalkboard,
Means that this week’s bonus points have been scored.


April memories

Paint chip #41

Linda Kruschke has devised a new scheme to the theme of her challenges:

Today I had to do 3 spins to end up on page 77 and a poem by William Wordsworth called The Two April Mornings. So that’s our prompt theme.

Along with this theme, the 7 paint chip words or phrases are: heartbeattimber wolfskyscraperwaterfallcedar chestjack-o’-lantern, and grass stain. I would like you to use at least 4 of these words in your poem. If you’d like to write in the same style as Wordsworth, check out the original poem at the link above. He wrote in quatrains with an abab rhyme scheme.

But seriously, no pressure to write like one of the great romantic poets. Just have a little fun.

April memories

It was on an April morn
That I reached my due date.
That day my second child was born
On time, rather than late.

Years later on her birthday
Instead of here with me
She celebrated far away
Somewhere she learned to ski.

Not where the timber wolf roams,
Or skyscrapers touch the clouds.
But where a high waterfall foams
And there are very few crowds.

Back home from her gap-year
A cedar chest was not
What brought her bulky stuff here.
A pallet held the lot.


Unprompted

Paint chip 40 Without a prompt

What If There Were No Prompts? I guess we’ll find out, won’t we? And we’ll do it with these paint chip words and phrases: gingerrootlacquerNeptunecoyoteilluminationgreen light, and home base. Your challenge is to write a promptless poem using all seven of these words and phrases.

Unprompted

Homebase is a store for DIY.
To find it first turn right
You may have to wait
Until there’s a green light.

Inside there’s almost everything.
There’s certainly lacquer.
When you’re paying up
There won’t be a packer.

In the lighting aisle you’ll discover
Illumination for
Each room in the house
Or for outside the door.

Wallpaper patterns have odd designs –
Neptune for the bathroom.
That coyote is
Too wild for the bedroom!

One word left over is ‘gingerroot’.
Not for sale at Homebase.
The supermarket next
Door is the right place.


The Grand Plan

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-squeezedtongue-tiedgreen flashrainstormblank canvastumbleweed, 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!


Concerning old age and climate change

Challenge 37 – When I am old

The theme for this week is When I’m Old. Some of you reading and joining in on the prompt may already be there so this will be easy. Others of us are well on our way, and some may be young still and have to use their imagination to respond to the prompt.

The words or phrases for this week are wild huckleberrycumulonimbusverdantspice marketantique brassthe grass is always greener, and candlelight. I think we have our longest paint chip phrase ever this week and so as part of the challenge I’d like you to be sure to use that one plus at least three more in your poem. And while I could use some humor or cheering up, I won’t hold it against you if your poem takes a somber tone.

Concerning old age and climate change

Perhaps you think I’m old already.
It’s true I’m not as nimble as a lass
And Hubby’s first trombone
Would count as antique brass.

When I am really old
I hope I’ll still be able to tell
A thundercloud – cumulonimbus –
From an omnibus with a bell!

Because our climate is very wet
The grass is always greener here.
Elsewhere skies of market spice shades
Cause everyone to fear.

I hope that they will enjoy
Many a meal by candlelight.
A dessert of wild huckleberry pie
Might bring them much delight.

As Abraham petitioned God
For the sake of a few to spare a city,*
I pray for verdant Oregon
And say so in this ditty.

*Genesis 18:16-32


Spouting my concern

Challenge 36 – Endangered

This week’s challenge lends itself to some serious poetry, though sometimes humorous or lighthearted is necessary to bring the seriousness of a topic into the proper perspective. Our theme today is Endangered Species. My challenge to you is pick a critically endangered or endangered species from the list posted on World Wildlife Fund website and write an ode to that animal.

The paint chip words and phrases to consider using in your ode are goldfishred rock desertcabbage patchmistbreezybronze, and quicksilver. I would like you to use at least three of these words or phrases.

Spouting my concern

I may be very large
With battleship-grey skin
Rather than the quicksilver
Of another’s scales and dorsal fin,
But as I rise up
To fill my lungs with air
I see if there is mist
And whether it is breezy there.

My kin lived when the
Bronze Age was beginning.
Some folk fight for us now;
I really hope they are winning.
You can help us thrive
By how you live each day –
By choosing what you use
And where you throw your trash away.

I’d like to live free
As in a sailor’s tale.
Have you guessed what I am?
That’s right! An endangered whale.


The Future

Paint chip poetry challenge 35 The Future

Today our theme is The Future, as if any of us know what that’s going to be like. I didn’t even know what cards I was going to pull before I pulled them. The paint chip words and phrases are: morning gloryred velvetterra-cotta, and bluff. The three angel words are: honestylight, and peace. I think we can all agree a future with more of those would be most welcome.

What I would like you to do is pick at least one of the angel card words to shape your future world and use all four paint chip words as colors. For example, you could write about the red velvet curtain hanging in a window or the morning glory colored sky on the horizon.

Norman arch
Norman arch

The Future

I do not wish to call your bluff
By telling you I can foresee
Or you might go off in a huff
And never again speak to me!

What I do wish today (with sky
The colour of morning glory),
Because the Bible does not lie:
All would read the old, old story.

Inside our church of red sandstone
With terracotta’s rosy hue
Red velvet surrounds a cushion
On the diamond jubilee pew.

The honesty of those who pray
In the clear light of Christ the King
Will prepare them always to say
All the words of peace they can bring.


I promise a laugh

Paint chip poetry 34 I promise

Today’s challenge (literally just pulled from the deck) is to write on the theme of I Promise. The paint chip words and phrases are sparklelapis lazulihoneyrustybrushed aluminumopen sesame, and rolling hills. Please use at least three of these terms, but try not to make any promises you can’t keep.

I promise a laugh

Honey, I cannot promise
Not to write a story
Where the hero traverses rolling hills
And, saying, ‘Open sesame!’ and ‘Glory
Be!’ sees a door swing open
On its rusty hinges.
Inside jewels like lapis lazuli sparkle,
But, seeing the dragon, he cringes.


From Best to Worst

Paint chip poetry 33
This week we’re writing about things From Best to Worst and the words and phrases to draw from are lap swim, the deep end, green with envy, heirloom tomato, firefly, patina, and wishbone. Your challenge is to use at least five of these words in your poem. You can rank them from best to worst, or write about a time thing went from best to worst. Or maybe you have a completely unique take on this topic. I look forward to reading what you come up with.

From Best to Worst

It was exciting to find the wishbone
In my Sunday chicken roast,
But deciding what to wish for
Took me longer than most!

The lap swim in PJs wore me out.
Near the deep end was a brick.
A surface dive was required.
I couldn’t manage a strong enough kick.

(Next time I tried for personal survival
I must have had more stamina.
The bronze medal I gained
Is so old it has a patina!)

Being green with envy
Is the worst of these paint chips.
Jealousy is deadly
If it has you in its grips.


One of These Things Is Not Like the Others

Challenge #32

The prompt words and phrases are lipstickbrickthe whole enchiladasand dollarpeachynectar, and coral. I will confess that six of these were right next to each other in the never-been-shuffled deck and the seventh was from a different part of the deck. Maybe you can guess which one is that seventh paint chip?

Since the usual game of One of These Things Is Not Like the Others has only four choices, that’s how many of the paint chips I’m challenging you to use in your poem.

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others

Lipstick brightens many women’s days.
Knowing they look good
Is one of the ways
To confidence – that’s understood.

A brick is for construction
It may be red or yellow
After instruction
A course is laid by a fellow.

Nectar is the food of insects.
Bees and hoverflies abound.
Each one injects
Its proboscis where sweetness is found.

The first three words name a thing.
Peachy does not –
Describing something
Else is an adjective’s lot.


Nostalgia

Once upon a time Challenge #31

Once Upon a Time seems like a fairy tale topic and purples are colors of fairy tales.

Your challenge today is, therefore, to write a fairy tale. It can be fictional or autobiographical. It can be based on your favorite existing fairy tale or one you conjure up yourself. Or you could tell a true story as if it were a fairy tale.

But you must use all four of the paint chip words, which are royaljacarandaultraviolet, and blackberry. You can either include the angel card word or just allude to the concept of obedience (or disobedience, if you prefer).

Nostalgia

Once upon a time
An ordinary daughter
Was treated like a royal princess,
But didn’t do what she oughta.

Her skin was sunburnt
From ultraviolet rays
Shining on the walking stick’s hook on
Blackberry-picking August days.

She liked to visit Kew,
Where trees like jacaranda
Grow in moist tropical glasshouse heat,
But she wasn’t called Miranda.


When I was little

Paint chip poetry #30 When I was little

This week we are writing about childhood, about When I Was Little. Or I suppose if you are Alice, you could write about when you ate the cake and shrunk. Maybe you want to write about a time when you felt little. Or you could write a meta-poem from the perspective of a little poem.

The words and phrases to consider are turmericlazy lizardpotpourripennyold leather bootssea serpent, and euphoria. This week I’d like to see poems using at least three of these words or phrases. And maybe, in childlike wonder, select words based on which colors you like best.

When I was little

When I was little
A penny bought a chocolate bar.
Dad’s old leather boots
Must have walked very far.

I hadn’t heard of turmeric,
Potpourri or euphoria,
But a girl at school
Had the name, Gloria!


A long lost friend

Paint chip poetry 29 Long lost

This week our theme is Long Lost. You could write about a long lost cousin, a long lost family heirloom, or a long lost idea for an epic poem. Just don’t get lost too long in the endless possibilities and forget to write your poem.

The prompt words an interesting mix. You have these seven words or phrases to work with: tropicalpeacockbaby’s breathbright idealotuspomegranate, and hermit crab. I’ll only require you to use four, but let’s see who rises to the challenge of using them all.

A long lost friend

If I could meet a long lost friend
I wonder what we’d do.
A bright idea – a stately home
is much better than a zoo.

In the glasshouse we might find
lotus and pomegranates growing
with tropical plants, while outside
peacocks were brightly glowing.

Would we talk much or be shy,
each retreating into a shell
like a hermit crab, baby’s breath-
quiet, or get along well?


Cumbria

Paint chip challenge 28 I am grateful

The theme for today is I am grateful and I’m challenging you to use all seven of these paint chips words and phrases: blazing sunblue ribbonfossilred claygrasslanddeep dark wood, and driftwood. Bonus points if you can write your poem in rhyming couplets.

Sheep

Cumbria

I am grateful for this county
With its diversity of bounty.

We rarely suffer from blazing sun;
Walking under clouds is fun!

The red clay is a sign
Of a former haematite mine.

Roman remains are above ground.
But are there fossils to be found?

The deep dark wood is thickly planted;
Any sunlight there is slanted.

Grassland by grazing sheep is cropped back
Or left to grow, cut and baled – a stack

Of silage waits as winter feed
For times when grass is not all they need.

On the sand driftwood lies beached;
Sunshine changes its shade to bleached.

Folk may collect the wood for fuel
Or craft – with blue ribbon it’s cool!

With thanks to hubby for helpful suggestions with the poem.


My home town

Paint chip challenge 25 My Hometown

This week’s challenge is an opportunity for nostalgia as we write about “My Hometown.” Unless, of course, you are one of those who still live in your original hometown and never plan to move away. That could be a whole other angle on this prompt. You could write about yesterday.

There are some great words in the line up today, and no weird phrases, so my challenge is to use all seven of these words in your homegrown poem: jasminespotlightfogbubblegumpyramidscarecrow, and sand. You can rhyme or not; it’s up to you. Free verse is a great option for sharing fond memories, but some of these words have wonderful rhyme choices.

My home town

Rarely in the spotlight for much of good report,
My hometown is not a seaside resort.
The only sand is for building, play or sport.
Youths chew bubblegum and shout a retort.

Fog was a hazard rising from open ground.
I remember being followed and turning round.
I couldn’t tell who it was with the deadened sound
Of footsteps; it was a friend from Church, I found!

My childhood home was near to London.
People drove through the town, none
(Or few) stopping. Crossing roads was no fun
In fog. We saw no lights but chose to run!

Winter jasmine grew in our front garden,
No scarecrow, for which I beg your pardon.
In a drought the ground would harden.
I played and worked hard in the garden.

No pyramid, but a metal-framed swing
Was popular with children playing.
It made me queasy except in the morning
Before food as I watched birds on the wing.


A shopping spree

Paint chip challenge week 24

Listen carefully: I’m only suggesting you use two of the seven words or phrases. Choose carefully. Here’s what you have to work with: kindlinghot cocoamonsoonpurple mountain majestiesfig leafrubber ducky, and cheese puff.

A shopping spree

Listen carefully to my tale
Of how we went to the sale
(Just two of us, not many more)
In Monsoon, kindling our desire for
Fashion items – a fig leaf is
No longer quite the biz!
We stopped for a snack – hot
Cocoa and a cheese puff hit the spot.
Then we bought a rubber ducky
For a new baby, who is lucky,
And heard ‘purple mountain majesties’
From ‘America the beautiful’ – gee whizz!


Now, Once upon a time and Forever

Paint Chip poetry prompt 23

Today we are writing about BFFs or friends forever. Hopefully we’re all blessed with at least one such friend. I actually have a few, not even counting Jesus, who is the best friend anyone could ever hope for.

I’m kind of in the mood for couplets today, rhymed or not. I know some of you will ignore that little piece of the prompt, but that’s okay. Just remember to include at least four of the following paint chip words and phrases: apple of my eyesawdustendless dunesJack and the Beanstalkballet slipperskitten’s nose, and school bus.

Vetch

Now, Once upon a time and Forever

Endless dunes the colour of sawdust stretch
Along the coast between the sea and vetch-
Covered cliff tops. ‘Forget ballet slippers;
‘Boots are best – and let’s have Scottish kippers!’
The friends forever declare as they walk,
Recalling a trip by school bus to Jack and the Beanstalk.

They know God said, ‘You are the apple of my eye,’
And why He sent his Son to die.
On the third day He rose again to life –
Offering us eternal life and peace instead of strife.


My Dream Job

Paint Chip poetry week 22

Today I want you to write about your dream job using at least three of these paint chip words or phrases: saxophone sololion heartsaffronspringblack holespirit rock, and ivory. Bonus points if you use all seven and include a rhyme scheme that involves using one or more of the prompt words.

My Dream Job

My dream job – writing –
Involves getting to know
Facts such as: Richard the Lionheart
Could not have heard a saxophone solo.
He wouldn’t have learnt
Of a black hole in space,
But may have known where to find
Saffron and ivory in a distant place.
He may have had a spring
In his step, feeling his spirit rock
With excitement before battle,
But wouldn’t have seen a digital clock.


Our garden in May

Paint chip prompt 21 Worth waiting for

…your challenge is to write a poem about something or someone who is worth waiting for using at least five of the following paint chip words and phrases: field of poppiesnurserypinelooking glassdisco feveriris, and tulips in spring.

Columbine flowering
Columbine

Our garden in May

Our garden is becoming a field of poppies.
There were tulips in spring, now over.
Today dead-heading them I found iris flowers
White, yellow and purple – and some clover!
Wallflower seedlings in the nursery corner
Are soon to be planted near the columbine;
They will be worth waiting for (next year),
But I still miss the felled Scots pine.

(This is true apart from the tree not having been in our garden, but nearby.)


Sand martins under the spotlight

Paint chip prompt 20 The key to happiness

Today I want you to write a poem that reveals the key to happiness using at least four of the following words or phrases: marinecliff dwellingOrionsunsetaloe verared carpet, and total eclipse.

Sand martins under the spotlight

The key to happiness may lie
(Unnoticed by people glued to screens)
In looking around and wondering
At nature and what it means.

Some holes-in-a-cliff dwelling birds
Arrived by a long-distance flight.
Skimming the cliff-tops and beach
For food; they flash black and white.

Flying over land and sea
They travelled day and night.
What marine creatures did they spot
With sun, moon and stars providing light?

After sunset lights the sky, stars shine –
Constellations like Orion and The Plough.
The same Lord created everything.
To Him be praise and glory now!


At the end of the day

Paint chip poetry prompt 19 How will it all end?

But can you tell me, in the span of a little verse, “This is how it will all end”?

Your challenge is to do just that using at least two of these paint chip words or phrases: the golden hourhabañerochamomile teahot pinkfirst kissamethyst, and ice cap.

At the end of the day

The sun sets lighting
The sky yellow and hot pink
Above the amethyst sea.
It’s the golden hour: let’s drink
Chamomile tea, remembering
Our first kiss.
Now did we clash spectacles
Or did we miss?


I wasn’t inspired for prompt 18!

…wherever the muse of true love leads you, I want you to write a poem in couplets (preferably rhyming) containing at least four of these words or phrases: wild mushroomhot potatoafter the firesunflowergrapefruitmistletoe, and inchworm.


I predict a chuckle

Paint chip poetry prompt 17  I predict…

…write about jadealpinered flagsnow angelrich soilobsidian, and panther, or at least three of those words or phrases.

I predict a chuckle

Another word for jade is yu.
It comes in handy when playing Scrabble.
You might see a panther in the zoo.
A red flag was carried to warn any rabble
Of a steam train’s passage midst smoke and oil.
That’s recorded in obsidian black and white as snow.
Angel-like alpine flowers don’t need rich soil
To make them germinate and grow.


Places of pilgrimage

Paint chip poetry Prompt 16 pilgrimage

The paint chip words and phrases for this week are wishing welldewdropNiagara Fallsfoggy harborantique roseaura, and Grand Canyon. Your challenge this week is to use at least five of these words in your poem, including either Niagara Falls or Grand Canyon. Extra points if you use them all. Double extra points if you can make me want to go on the pilgrimage you describe.

Places of pilgrimage

In Derbyshire well-dressing
Has nothing to do with dressing well.
Arrangements of spring flowers are
Not like an antique rose on a wishing well.

It is far from the foggy harbour
Where the lights have an aura –
Red and green for port and starboard –
Colours echoed in much flora.

The spray of roaring waters
Of Niagara Falls on a border
Splits the light (as a dewdrop might)
Into rainbow colours in their order.

Tourists like to visit
Well-publicised landlocked inland
Places like the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon
Or the colder climes of Norway and Finland.


Lockdown

Paint chip poetry prompt 15 We’re all in this together

It’s up to you whether you write on a pandemic theme or go a totally different direction. Perhaps you want to write about marriage and family life. That certainly warrants a “we’re all in this together” attitude. Or maybe you want to write about a jungle safari or an old-fashioned camping trip. The options are limitless.

Well, except they are limited by the fact that you need to use at least four of the following words or phrases: nestchampagnecorn mazeleft fieldgold medalmoonstone, and night.

Lockdown

Now is the time
To give mixing a rest
Every household
Becoming like a nest
Where books may be
Reread at leisure.
Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone
Might bring new pleasure
As we spare a thought
For workers day and night
Who keep us safe and well.
A gold medal should be their right
Not just a handclap.
Foretell the ending if you are able,
And look forward to friends
Eating round your table.


Unpredictable

Paint chip poetry prompt 14 good fortune

Today it is your Good Fortune to be faced with the easiest prompt yet as I am only requiring players to use two of the following words or phrases in your poem: nuts and boltsin your eyessand castleirontickled pinksweet ‘n’ sour, and sunburst

Unpredictable

If nuts and bolts weren’t made of iron
They could be made of steel.
It might prevent them showing rust.
We could eat a tasty meal
Of sweet ‘n’ sour chicken, rice and peas.
It would be our good luck
To spend the morning on our knees
Building a sand-castle with flags stuck
On the turrets. We’d be tickled pink
In our sun-hats and shades.
‘Mind the sunburst and sand blowing in your eyes.
‘How deep your father wades!’