Your challenge, dear poets, is to write a poem using simile. Sounds easy, I know. But here’s the catch: for every simile in your poem, one of the paint chip words or phrases must be on one side of the linking word. That means the number of similes in your poem depends on how many of the paint chips you choose to color with. The paint chip words and phrases you have to choose from are bluebird, sweet ‘n’ sour, taxi, deep dark wood, vintage turquoise, ultraviolet, and sparkle.
I’m only requiring you to pick one, but as usual you can pick up some useless bonus points if you use them all. And a gold star if you can figure out how to put two of them on opposite sides of your simile linking word.
I found this challenge difficult, perhaps because I was tired when I tried it.
Wasps, like London and New York taxis Cut up and reassembled, nest On the edge of the deep dark wood As threatening as night sounds, which test The nerves of anyone who could Be old enough to have worn minis and maxis.
How do you read this? What is threatening?
If you are interested in wasps’ nests I have photos of some on my other blog, Sue’s words and pictures.
‘Each week, I will give you all three paint chip words to work with. This week your choices are babbling brook, starship, 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.’
My choice of topic was influenced by having seen a slow worm (legless lizard) earlier in the summer.
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.
This week’s prompt from Linda Kruschke is for a monostich – a single line of poetry. The full definition and the paint chip colours as well as her monotich and the responses of others may be found on her blog. Why not have a go?
My challenge to you today is to write a poem using monostich. You could try writing a poem that is a single line in its entirety, or use monostich interspersed throughout a longer poem. I actually hope that someone tries the joke option mentioned in Drury’s definition. I’m not clever enough for that, but I’m sure one of you is.
The paint chip words and phrases you have to work with are the red planet, lily of the valley, dust devil, fossil, green flash, school bus, and inchworm.
I would like you to incorporate one or two of these words and phrases into your monostich, if you decide to write just a one-line poem. If you write a longer poem, with monostich throughout or at the beginning or end, then I would like you to use at least four of the words and phrases, with at least one in a monostich.
Is there life on Mars?
Does lily of the valley grow on the red planet? It might look like a green flash surrounded by granite.
A fossil of an inchworm would be proof positive, innit?
(Although I grew up south of the Thames, I can’t remember using ‘innit’ before! It’s a local version of ‘isn’t it?’.)