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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.

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Paint chip challenge Rain dance

This week Giggling Fattie’s paint chips are Rain Dance, Clear Vista, Sea Wind and Reef Blue. My poem is about observations from our windows. Fell is a northern word for mountain.

I am including a photo of the Isle of Man seen on the horizon from our garden. It rained heavily later that evening!. More of my photos may be seen on Sue’s words and pictures.

Rain Dance

Gulls’ rain dance aims to fool
The unsuspecting worms, which rise
Thinking that raindrops are falling;
Being eaten is an unpleasant surprise!

Over their heads the clear vista
Has the outline of the Isle of Man
Shrunk by distance to look like a reef –
Blue fells are seen during the horizon’s scan.

They say that if the island appears
Rain will certainly follow, no doubt
From clouds driven by the Sea Wind.
Should we ever risk hanging the washing out?

Dark cliffs in foreground, sea and sky similar shades with the Isle of Man bluer on the horizon
Isle of Man on the horizon
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Key to the city paint chip poem

Giggling Fattie has picked the paint chips: Key to the city, Almond Roca, Hazel and Blonde Wood. I had to look up the meaning of Almond Roca; it is a chocolate-covered caramel bar with almonds, made in the USA.

The key to the city

The key to the city
it seems to me
is to find green space
in this built-up place.

It may not be Blonde Wood,
but with luck we should
find a hazel tree and
watch a squirrel hand-
ling nuts to eat.
Almond Roca is our treat.

My other paint chip poems may be found here.