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.
This week’s prompt from Linda Kruschke is for a monostich – a single line of poetry. The full definition and the paint chip colours as well as her monotich and the responses of others may be found on her blog. Why not have a go?
My challenge to you today is to write a poem using monostich. You could try writing a poem that is a single line in its entirety, or use monostich interspersed throughout a longer poem. I actually hope that someone tries the joke option mentioned in Drury’s definition. I’m not clever enough for that, but I’m sure one of you is.
The paint chip words and phrases you have to work with are the red planet, lily of the valley, dust devil, fossil, green flash, school bus, and inchworm.
I would like you to incorporate one or two of these words and phrases into your monostich, if you decide to write just a one-line poem. If you write a longer poem, with monostich throughout or at the beginning or end, then I would like you to use at least four of the words and phrases, with at least one in a monostich.
Is there life on Mars?
Does lily of the valley grow on the red planet? It might look like a green flash surrounded by granite.
A fossil of an inchworm would be proof positive, innit?
(Although I grew up south of the Thames, I can’t remember using ‘innit’ before! It’s a local version of ‘isn’t it?’.)