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Octave 5

Linda Kruschke’s Paint chip prompt today brings the October octaves to an end. Do visit her blog for news about the challenge.

The paint chip words and phrases you have to work with today are iris, Grand Canyon, mist, midnight, and half-and-half. I would like you to use at least two of these in today’s octave. Ideally, you’ll be building on the four octave stanzas you’ve already written. But if you haven’t started yet, feel free to write a stand-alone octave today.

Linda Kruschke

Octave 5

Even if the rift was as wide as the Grand
Canyon, love and forgiveness should
Remedy what has caused the strife, and
Without reconciliation no good would
Be done by offering a gift of flowers,
Though irises of white, yellow and midnight blue
Might remind us of the Creator’s powers;
His great love includes both me and you.

To save you, my valued readers from searching for the previous verses, which were posted earlier this month (Octave 1, Octave 2, Octave 3 and Octave 4) my poem is in this post in its entirety. I noticed that I had become lazy about the rhymes as the month went on, so I have tweaked the fourth octave!

Ups and downs of life

Sometimes life feels like Sisyphus’ boulder.
No-one rolls out the red carpet for us;
Sometimes they give us the cold shoulder
And don’t even drink coffee with us.
We needn’t keep feeling hard done by.
Although some tasks are repetitive,
Thinking of others and how we can try
To help is better than being competitive.

Like damaged nature we can recover
From setbacks and disappointments
Like being separated from a lover.
Some hurts aren’t soothed by ointments.
After the fire cliff-top gorse was black.
I noticed that bracken, bramble and grass
Were the first plants to grow back.
I look for changes each time I pass.

When there are disagreements in life
Between friends or family members
An olive branch should end the strife
And revive the warmth of love’s embers.
If the rift seems impossible to mend
Don’t give up hope! A ghost of a chance
Is better than nothing. Prayers we send
Heavenward won’t be looked upon askance.

Reconciliation may need a radical change
Of attitude from all those involved.
There may be faults on both sides. Strange
Misunderstandings need to be resolved.
We are building on a sure foundation
Even when it seems all we have left
Is like smoke and ash’s desolation.
Surely we won’t be completely bereft.

Even if the rift was as wide as the Grand
Canyon, love and forgiveness should
Remedy what has caused the strife, and
Without reconciliation no good would
Be done by offering a gift of flowers,
Though irises of white, yellow and midnight blue
Might remind us of the Creator’s powers;
His great love includes both me and you.

Greyish sea with white-topped waves at top, straw-coloured grass with blackened branches of gorse and new green shots of gorse, some green grass and brambles.
Clifftop recovering from fire
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Paint chip Octave 4


Linda Kruschke’s challenge this week is for the next eight line stanza.

The paint chip words and phrases you have to work with this week are rolling hills, smoke and ash, radical, smoke signal, and dragon. I’d like you to use at least two of these in your octave for this week. Your octave should be a continuation of what you started on the first Friday of October. If you haven’t started your poem yet, you can always just write a stand-alone octave for this week.

Linda Kruschke

Octave 4

Reconciliation may need a radical change
Of attitude from all those involved.
There may be faults on both sides.
Misunderstandings need to be resolved.
We are building on a sure foundation
Even when it seems all we have left
Is desolate as smoke and ash.
Surely we won’t be completely bereft.

The earlier verses of this poem may be found on this blog. Octave 1, Octave 2 and Octave 3. Perhaps you’d prefer to scroll to find them using the << to find earlier posts.

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Paint chip Octave 3

Linda Kruschke’s challenge this week may be found on her blog, where you can also post a link to your own attempt at the challenge and find links to poems by others.

The challenge this week is to write the third octave of your poem. The five paint chip words and phrases you have to work with are grizzly, olive branch, ghost, Santa Claus, and spirit rock. Once again, I would like you to use at least two of these in your octave. You can use the same rhyme scheme as last two weeks, or mix it up. But this week’s stanza should be a continuation of what you started two weeks ago. If you were unable to participate the last two weeks, you can just write a stand-alone octave this week or visit the other two prompts and write three octaves this week.

Linda Kruschke

Continuing the poem I began with Octave 1 and Octave 2 here is Octave 3.

Octave 3

When there are disagreements in life
Between friends or family members
An olive branch should end the strife
And revive the warmth of love’s embers.
If the rift seems impossible to mend
Don’t give up hope! A ghost of a chance
Is better than nothing. Prayers we send
Heavenward won’t be looked upon askance.