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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.

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Paint chip Octave 2

Linda Kruschke’s challenge this week is for the next stanza in the October poem. Don’t forget to visit her blog for her poem and other participants’ poems and links.

The challenge this week is to write the second octave of your poem. The five paint chip words and phrases you have to work with are after the fire, shark, bramble, tickled pink, and bittersweet. I would like you to use at least two of these in your octave. You can use the same rhyme scheme as last week, or mix it up. But this week’s stanza should connect with last week’s.

Linda Kruschke

My poem from last week is here.

Octave 2

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.

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.
Blackened gorse in October 2021 from the fire in June 2018