This week Linda Kruschke has reached the letter S in a poetry dictionary and chosen the sixain as the form for us to use. There is a choice of rhyming schemes (explained in her post). I have chosen ababcc for mine. Don’t forget to visit Linda’s post for the complete challenge, the paint chip colours and her poem.
‘My challenge to you is to pick one of the rhyme schemes noted in the definition of the sixain and write one or more six-line stanza. I suppose, if you are feeling spunky, you can try your hand at a sestina, but that means you’re committing to seven stanzas, including the three-line envoi.
‘The paint chip words and phrases you have to work with are mystical, faded denim, lipstick, halo, blush, polished stone, and alpine.
‘I would like you to use at least one of the paint chips as one of your rhyming words and try to work four or five paint chips into your poem.
‘If you’re a glutton for punishment, try to write a sestina using six of the seven paint chips as the ending words or phrases required by that complex form. (Note: I will not be doing that, but super bonus points for anyone who does).’
Mary in a window does not blush.
She has a halo like baby Jesus’,
Her dress brighter than faded denim – plush –
And lipstick bright lips to please us.
Is stained glass than polished stone
More mystical? Let the answer be known!
This week Linda Kruschke’s challenge is for a rondelet.
Don’t forget to click through to her post for the whole challenge, the paint chip colours, Linda’s poem and the responses of others.
From the poetry dictionary:
‘The rhyme and refrain scheme is AbAabbA (capital A = refrain). The refrain lines (A) each contain four syllables; the other lines (a and b) each contain eight syllables.’
‘Your challenge is to write a rondelet using one of the paint chip words or phrases as part of your refrain. You can use however many of the other words and phrases as you want in the other lines.
The paint chip words and phrases you have to choose from are firefly, zephyr, fig leaf, key lime, night, rainstorm, and cabin in the woods.
‘Obviously that last phrase won’t work for the refrain because it is more than four syllables. To add to the challenge, I want the title of your poem to be that final paint chip: cabin in the woods.’
Cabin in the Woods
Sheltered at night
From being soaked in a rainstorm,
Sheltered at night
We watch for beams of pale moonlight,
Sheltered from becoming too warm,
Far away from town’s milling swarm,
Sheltered at night.
This week’s challenge from Linda Kruschke is, ‘What is a paint chip poem?’ Do visit her blog to see the colours, her poem and other responses to this challenge.
‘My challenge to you is to write a poem that conveys an experience or an emotion, or that is simply your beautiful arrangement of words to convey whatever you like. You can either pick one word and flesh out what it inspires in you, or use at least five of the seven paint chip words offered today. Bonus points for using all seven.
The paint chips I picked today are pearly gates, habanero, mud, pins and needles, breezy, quicksand, and indigo.
It’s an odd selection, I admit, and few seem to go together. Although I can certainly see mud and quicksand showing up in the same poem.’
Sensations caused by habanero, mud
And quicksand are various.
Digestion may be breezy; toes with
Pins and needles tingle – hilarious
Thoughts, then dark mood indigo
As pearly gate entry is never vicarious.