Chance cinquain poetry prompt

This week’s Paint chip poetry challenge from Linda Kruschke is for cinquains. The chance part of the challenge arises from picking paint chips. Here is part of Linda’s post, which I recommend you read in full. Her poem is much better than mine, both poetically and in content!

My challenge to you is to write seven cinquains in the 2-4-6-8-2 syllabic pattern, one for each of the paint chip words or phrases, used in the order in which they were drawn. Or if you’d like a little less strenuous challenge, write however many five-line stanzas you desire, but still using the “chance” words and phrases in order.
And the words and phrases you have to work with are:
before the rain, new leaf, Garden of Eden, matcha, dragon, black tie and half-and-half

Paradise lost

At first
There was sunshine,
Moonlight, rivers, a man
And his helpmeet, before the rain
Would fall.

The trees
In the garden
Were beautiful, growing
Just as God meant: ev’ry new leaf was

And Eve enjoyed
Living in the Garden
Of Eden together with God
At first.

Tea leaves may have
Grown on one of the trees
In the garden with other fruit
To eat.

The Fall
Was caused by lies.
The serpent (or dragon)
Told the first lie to the woman;

It was
Two aprons of
Fig leaves they made themselves
Rather than a funereal
Black tie.

Whose fault
Was it? Dragon’s?
Woman’s? Man’s or even
God’s? The math giving half-and-half
Is wrong.

Based on Genesis chapters 1-3.


Ballade paint chip poetry prompt

Linda Kruschke has set a challenge for this week’s paint chip poetry. Unusually she has not yet posted her poem for the prompt, but has promised it for Monday 11 January. Her full post with the paint chip colours is here.

To quote:
There were some interesting choices, including Beat Poetry, but I decided on the Ballade.
The paint chip words and phrases you have to work with are cowboy, polished stone, raw silk, spinach, avalanche, Rocky Mountains, and robin’s egg. I would like you to pick three of the paint chips for your Ballade. Choose the three that you think have the greatest connection to each other.

I learned that the form of a ballade is 3 verses of ababbcbC and an envoi bcbC, where C is a repeated line. After clicking on Linda’s links I consulted a wonderful paperback for further clarification of this form – How to be Well-versed in Poetry Edited by E.O.Parrott. I mentioned it previously on this blog and how I came to buy it on my photo blog.

A Ballade of Hazardous Weather

The avalanche of snow slides down
One of the Rocky Mountains.
Its whiteness mixes with brown,
As with a loud roar it gains
More and more stains.
Logs, rocks or polished stone
Cause terrible pains.
Selfless kindness will be shown.

Buried in snow’s no way to drown.
(Minor complaints like chilblains
Give some skiers a frown.)
Ski sticks akimbo like canes,
Their faint hope wanes.
Will they be able to phone
For helpful snow-chains?
Selfless kindness will be shown.

A rescuer coming from the town
Has brawn as well as brains.
He does not seek renown;
Hollow praises he disdains.
Common sense reigns.
The skiers are flown
To safety and trains.
Selfless kindness will be shown.

Now when it rains
Logs, rocks or polished stone
Can block the storm drains.
Selfless kindness will be shown.


Abstract poetry paint chip prompt

Linda Kruschke has devised a new style of prompt for 2021.

For her complete explanation, the colours and her poem, please click the link.

The paint chip words and phrases we have to work with are snow daysafety orangecampfireseedlingravenmud, and shadow.

I would like you to use all seven words and phrases as you abstractly paint with these very fall and winter colors.

Examples that Drury offers the poet are “Soul Says” by Jorie Graham and “The Descent” by William Carlos Williams, as well as the poetry of John Ashbery.

This is not my usual style, but I have had a go:


A seedling idea is no more than a shadow
Glimpsed through the window.
Perhaps it is as clear as mud
Until the penny drops with a thud!
A snow day has contrasts of white,
Safety orange and raven-black night.
A seedling idea is no more than a shadow
Glimpsed through the window
Or a half-remembered song begotten
From remnants of a campfire long forgotten.
On a snow day the awesome contrasts of raven-black,
White and safety orange may knock you (wonder-struck) back.