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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.