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.
I found this challenge difficult, perhaps because I was tired when I tried it.
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.
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.
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!
‘Each week, I will give you all three paint chip words to work with. This week your choices are babbling brook, starship, 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.’
My choice of topic was influenced by having seen a slow worm (legless lizard) earlier in the summer.
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.