Object poem with Paint chips

This week Linda Kruschke’s challenge is for an object poem. Please visit her blog for more information, the paint chip colours and her poems.

‘My challenge to you is to pick one of the paint chips below and write an object poem about it. If you are feeling ambitious, write a series of object poems, one about each of the paint chip words and phrases. If you are feeling rebellious, you can write an object poem about some other object but incorporate one or more of the paint chip words and phrases in your poem.

‘The paint chip words and phrases we have to work with this week are cottonnestemeraldwonderful wisteriaBoundary Watershermit crab, and swamp.’


Wonderful wisteria reminded me of a white one at Hill Top. That is the object I chose for my poem, but I used two of the other words as well.

Hill Top in May

A country cottage

When we visited Hill Top we were amazed
By wonderful wisteria in flower halfway across
The front of the house where Beatrix Potter
Once lived. Billowing blooms like white candyfloss.

Trimmed and trained around green-framed sash-windows
Its multiflowered sprays attract bees; other kinds of insect
Visit it too. The light breeze tosses its blossom
Making a long exposure focus suspect.

Across the doorway a bushier tree grows;
Its abundant foliage could provide cover for a nest.
Perhaps a pair of blackbirds might live there, but
Popularity with tourists is no jest.

Around the world people read about Peter
Rabbit, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail and come to visit
The place associated with the author.
That’s a blessing to the village, or is it?


Notes: Candyfloss is UK English for cotton candy.

The visit to Hill Top is described on Sue’s words and pictures.