Paint chip letter in verse

Linda Kruschke has reached the letter V in her poetry dictionary. Do visit her blog to see what the definition is, the paint chip colours and the poem she has written. Please read the other poems for this prompt and perhaps write your own.

Linda writes:

‘Your challenge today is to write a verse letter. You can choose to write it as an open letter, a letter to the editor, or a letter to a friend or relative. It could be a letter to anyone you choose, even a fictional character of your own making. It doesn’t have to be long or particularly eloquent. I hope it will be a letter from the heart.

The paint chip words and phrases you have to work with are monk’s robe, relish, tongue-tied, night owl, black cat, red clay, and sunburst.
I would like you to use at least four of these words and phrases in your verse letter. Bonus points for anyone who figures out how to work monk’s robe into their verse.’

An electronic letter from Sue

To write a letter in verse – let’s see
If I’ll relish the challenge or tongue-tied be…

Dear Joy, The prompt of monk’s robe must
Have made me think of your book. I fussed
About it for your blog tour. Your hero Hywel
Has a name rhyming with night owl!

You once wrote a verse about me and a friend
I hope our friendships will never end.
A letter by blog post isn’t stained with red clay.
You could read it now or any other day.

Were you on Zoom the day
I mentioned the black cat that wouldn’t play?
It came in through an open door
And decided it wanted to explore.

I’d like to drag ‘sunburst’ into this letter,
And by reading your blog to know you better.
Perhaps we’ll have spoken before this is posted.
Whatever happens I hope I’ve not boasted.

So, Joy, I must this letter here end,
With love and prayers for you, dear friend.


Tanka paint chip poem

This week Linda Kruschke has picked a tanka for the paint chip prompt. Do visit her blog to see the full definition, the colours, her poem and links to other paint chip tankas. What about writing one of your own?

The tanka is a Japanese form ‘with five lines with a syllable count of 5-7-5-7-7 (or thirty-one syllables in all).’

‘Your challenge is to write a casual tanka using at least two of the seven paint chip words and phrases. I’m in the mood for silly, so bonus points if you write something that makes me laugh.

‘The paint chip words and phrases you have to choose from are ivory, tip of the tongue, dappled sunlight, spinach, new leaf, gargoyle, and dumpling.

‘You also get bonus points if you can fit four of these words and phrases in a single tanka and have it still make sense.’

Gladstone the gargoyle

Author Amy writes
About a gargoyle, Gladstone.
In dappled sunshine
He might look at a new leaf,
This grey, dumpling-shaped gargoyle.

(With apologies to Gladstone, who is perhaps less dumpling-shaped than many regular gargoyles.)