Neutral shades paint chip poetry challenge

This week Gigglingfattie has chosen Touchable, Wistful beige, Smokey Cream and Rose Pearl. My first thoughts were about slinky evening wear, but I wrote about something more staid.

In Neutral Shades

The bridge players
Sit around the card table.
An ageing wife wonders
How long she will be touchable.

The cards are cut,
Dealt, picked up and rearranged.
In a wistful beige skirt,
Blouse smokey cream; estranged

Is not the state
She hankers after. They bid
Ending with ‘No trumps’. Partners
Know how each plays, cards hid.

Nervously she
Fingers her string of rose pearls;
Playing the dummy’s hand
She regrets her greying curls.

Recently Annmarie Miles interviewed me about my poetry and my faith. The radio interview is to be aired in a programme on UCB Ireland on Thursday 16th June at 8pm British Summer Time. It will be repeated on Sunday 19th June at 7am BST. This is a completely new experience for me. I hope it will encourage the listeners.


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.


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.