Paint chip Octave 1

This month Linda Kruschke is linking all the paint chip challenges together. The first eight-line verse or octave has to include three of the words or phrases: teddy bear, Sisyphus’ boulder, old leather boots, red carpet and coffee.

Don’t forget to visit Linda’s blog for the whole of the challenge, her poem and links to other participants’ blogs.

Until I have all the paint chips, I can’t choose a proper title.

Octave 1

Sometimes life feels like Sisyphus’ boulder.
No-one rolls out the red carpet for us;
Sometimes they give us the cold shoulder
And don’t even drink coffee with us.
We needn’t keep feeling hard done by.
Although some tasks are repetitive,
Thinking of others and how we can try
To help is better than being competitive.


Sentence fragment paint chip verse

This week Linda Kruschke has another challenge from the S section of the poetry dictionary. Do visit her blog to see the full definition, the colours, her poem and the poems of other participants.

And here is my challenge: to use one or more sentence fragments expressively or rhythmically. You might even choose to write your whole poem as a series of sentence fragments, so long as you do it intentionally and not carelessly. You can write a few couplets, a triolet, a little free verse, or a haiku. Whatever form you choose is up to you, but just be sure to include one or more fragments.
The paint chip words and phrases that you have to work with in your poem are cotton candy, endless dunes, fresh-squeezed, sunny-side up, cream of the crop, verdant, and clown nose.

Linda Kruschke

Free verse about an imaginary scenario appealed to me for this week’s challenge.

Carnival time

The band played
Seated on the verdant foreshore.
The fancy dress parade:

Robots. Mermaids.
A unicorn. Pierrot. The Flintstones.
Paddington bear without his coat.

Children with cotton candy:
Noses and mouths sugar pink,
Almost clown-nose red.

Parents hoping for something fresh-
Squeezed hands of toddlers
Lest they vanish in endless dunes.

Back for a quick snack.
Sunny-side up with home-grown tomatoes,
The cream of the crop.


Not quite rhyming – slanted paint chips

This week’s challenge from Linda Kruschke is from the letter S. The definition of slant rhyme is long, so why not pop over to her blog to find out all about it?

The paint chip words and phrases you have to work with are wheat fields, raven, moonstone, foggy harbor, and brown-paper package. In celebration of my 35th wedding anniversary, I would like you to use three of these five paint chips in your poem. They can be part of a slant rhyme or used elsewhere in the poem.

Linda Kruschke
From summer to autumn
It’s September – the wheat fields
Are stubble as the farmer counts the yield.
Nearby the early-morning foggy harbour
Lies on the route to work for the carpenter.
A raven has a favourite haunt.
It can fly, but I know I can’t!
Raven perched on a sea cliff with view of a bay and village in top left
The raven’s favourite haunt

Post updated with edits to the second verse. 5 September 2021