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Ubi sunt paint chip poem

This week Linda Kruschke has reached the Letter U in the dictionary she is using for these prompts. Do visit her blog for the full prompt, the colours and her poem.

‘We’re writing ubi sunt, which John Drury defines as follows:
UBI SUNT (uh’-suhnt’, “uh” pronounced as in “put”; Latin, “where are”) Poetic theme in which the poet asks “where are” certain people, where have they gone...

‘The actual form of your poem is your choice. You could write couplets or free verse. You could practice another terza rima or sixain because you enjoyed them so much.

The paint chip words you have to work with are peachy, illumination, graphite, rattlesnake, spring, octopus, and pizzazz. Interestingly, there are no phrases among the randomly pulled cards this week. I would like you to use at least three of the words. Extra bonus points if you use them all, but again, the bonus points aren’t worth much other than bragging rights.’

I chose to practise a terza rima and to use one of the words in the title, as for last week’s challenge.

Beach illumination

Where are all the seashells now?
Peachy crab shells dropped by gulls
Litter the beach; those birds make a row!

This poet seeks rhymes and mulls
Over the way the beach changes.
Graphite coloured clouds appear. Light dulls.

Spring tides have highest ranges.
Opposite extremes are neap tides.
Motion of the rough sea arranges

Shingle, while sand’s movement hides
Fixed rock and prehistoric wood.
Human curiosity abides.

Learning about creation is good.

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Paint chip terza rima

Linda Kruschke’s Paint chip poetry challenge this week is for a terza rima, which has the rhyming pattern ‘aba bcb cdc ded efe fgf, etc. The poem (or individual section, called a canto by Dante) usually ends with a single line or a couplet, rhyming with the previous tercet’s middle line. But it may also end with a tercet, it’s middle line rhyming with the opening tercet’s first and third lines, making the form circular.’ (Poetry dictionary)

Linda writes:

‘Your challenge for this prompt is to write a terza rima of at least three stanzas. In keeping with the theme of three, I would like you to use at least three of these paint chip words and phrases: blank canvas, lavender, whirlpool, seedling, happily ever after, golden, and cliff’s edge.
I would also like you to use one of them as the title of your poem without actually using it in the poem itself.
Since the terza rima form doesn’t specify line length, you could write in short, terse lines, or long ambling ones.’

Happily ever after?

Over the red sandstone cliff’s edge
Seabirds congregate in pairs
Raising their chicks on every ledge

No space for twigs, eggs of theirs
Sit on the guano-stained rock
Looks from parent birds are glares.

In the sea spawning fish stock
The larder for days ahead;
Famine could decimate the flock.

The rising sun does not shed
Its light on these birds’ young chicks –
But golden light going to bed.

As these birds’ future lives mix
Chances – death or survival,
So we should be helping to fix

Seedling hopes of revival,
Offering heartfelt prayers
For every new arrival

That eternal life will be theirs.