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
There was sunshine,
Moonlight, rivers, a man
And his helpmeet, before the rain
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
Tea leaves may have
Grown on one of the trees
In the garden with other fruit
Was caused by lies.
The serpent (or dragon)
Told the first lie to the woman;
Two aprons of
Fig leaves they made themselves
Rather than a funereal
Was it? Dragon’s?
Woman’s? Man’s or even
God’s? The math giving half-and-half
Based on Genesis chapters 1-3.