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Paint chip similes

This week Linda Kruschke has picked simile from the Poetry dictionary. Don’t forget to visit her blog for the paint chip colours, her poem and the links to others. why not try your own poem.

Georgina Tennant gives advice to non-poets on how to write poetry. Her poem about bereavement is poignant though.

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.

Linda Kruschke

I found this challenge difficult, perhaps because I was tired when I tried it.

Danger signs

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.

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Paint chip poem with 31 words – corn maze

During August Linda Kruschke is providing a choice of three paint chips each week as inspiration for a 31-word poem.

Linda writes:
‘This week’s paint chip words and phrases are corn maze, obsidian, and matcha.
Once again, I would like you to pick just one of these words or phrases and write a poem of exactly 31 words (because there are 31 days in August). The title, if you want to have one, is not included in the word count.
Please visit her blog for the whole challenge, her poem and the poems of other participants.’

This time I have chosen to write about a corn maze, which in UK English would be a maize maze. I have had trouble confining myself to 31 words, ending up with two 31-word verses. The first is factual and the second somewhat fictitious.

Amazed

Outside we can see
Fields and the Irish Sea;
Pastures with herds and flocks;
Crops swell the stocks
Of silage, oilseed rape, barley –
And once a corn maze was a novelty.

In the corn maze
The spikes of maize
Dwarf little people like me.
We took two turns left – or was it three?
I’ll be happier when
We find the exit again!

Blue sky with clouds, blue sea on left, headland with fields on right, buildings more pastures on left, telegraph pole, trees
Irish Sea and fields in August after crops have been harvested
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Paint chip 31 word poem – Lazy lizard

This week Linda Kruschke’s challenge is to write a poem of 31 words about one of three paint chip topics.

Linda writes

‘Each week, I will give you all three paint chip words to work with. This week your choices are babbling brookstarship, 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.’

Slow worm is S-shape on dried grasses on a path
A slow worm (legless lizard) seen in June

My choice of topic was influenced by having seen a slow worm (legless lizard) earlier in the summer.

Lying low

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.