Not quite rhyming – slanted paint chips

This week’s challenge from Linda Kruschke is from the letter S. The definition of slant rhyme is long, so why not pop over to her blog to find out all about it?

The paint chip words and phrases you have to work with are wheat fields, raven, moonstone, foggy harbor, and brown-paper package. In celebration of my 35th wedding anniversary, I would like you to use three of these five paint chips in your poem. They can be part of a slant rhyme or used elsewhere in the poem.

Linda Kruschke
From summer to autumn
It’s September – the wheat fields
Are stubble as the farmer counts the yield.
Nearby the early-morning foggy harbour
Lies on the route to work for the carpenter.
A raven has a favourite haunt.
It can fly, but I know I can’t!
Raven perched on a sea cliff with view of a bay and village in top left
The raven’s favourite haunt

Post updated with edits to the second verse. 5 September 2021


Paint chip 31 word poem – Lazy lizard

This week Linda Kruschke’s challenge is to write a poem of 31 words about one of three paint chip topics.

Linda writes

‘Each week, I will give you all three paint chip words to work with. This week your choices are babbling brookstarship, and lazy lizard. I would like you to choose just one of these paint chips, the one that speaks to you the most. With that one paint chip word or phrase, write a poem of exactly 31 words, not counting the title. The form of the poem is up to you. You could turn to Japanese short form, such as haiku or tanka, though it would probably take more than one to get to 31 words.’

Slow worm is S-shape on dried grasses on a path
A slow worm (legless lizard) seen in June

My choice of topic was influenced by having seen a slow worm (legless lizard) earlier in the summer.

Lying low

A lazy lizard lounged in the longest day languor.
Lidded eyes looked longingly at large flies.
A long tongue flicked out licking luckless lacewings.
Lunch liquefied later within the reptile’s scales.


Kyrielle: paint chip poem

This week Linda Kruschke’s Paint chip challenge is for a Kyrielle. The word reminded me of Kyrie as in Kyrie eleison. In fact, according to the book I mentioned in my previous paint chip post, it is short for Kyrie eleison and was originally used for hymns. I had three goes at this and have combined the second and third attempts, but it still might qualify for last week’s prompt – Juxtaposition.

Linda writes:

Your challenge this week is to write a kyrielle of at least three stanzas. 

The paint chip words and phrases you have to work with are it takes two to tangoblack widowNiagara Fallsdragonflywarm gloworange you glad, and tissue. I would like you to use at least three of these words or phrases, including one as part of your repeating refrain.

Reflections above a small waterfall

Local waterfall

Dancing rainbow colours

By a path raised over a marsh
In pairs filmy dragonfly play.
The countryside code is not harsh.
It takes two to tango, they say.

The wings of a bright dragonfly
Have colours like waterfall spray.
A rainbow spectrum flying high.
It takes two to tango, they say.

Waterfalls in our neighbourhood
Might cascade a very long way,
But Niagara Falls surely would.
It takes two to tango, they say.

The waterfalls here are smaller.
Rain boosts them on a stormy day.
Niagara Falls stands much taller.
It takes two to tango, they say.

When the warm glow of spring sunshine
Breaks through after long winter’s grey
Everyone begins to feel fine.
It takes two to tango, they say.