A paint chip poem

This week’s challenge from Linda Kruschke is, ‘What is a paint chip poem?’ Do visit her blog to see the colours, her poem and other responses to this challenge.

‘My challenge to you is to write a poem that conveys an experience or an emotion, or that is simply your beautiful arrangement of words to convey whatever you like. You can either pick one word and flesh out what it inspires in you, or use at least five of the seven paint chip words offered today. Bonus points for using all seven.

The paint chips I picked today are pearly gates, habanero, mud, pins and needles, breezy, quicksand, and indigo.

It’s an odd selection, I admit, and few seem to go together. Although I can certainly see mud and quicksand showing up in the same poem.’

Nefarious connections

Sensations caused by habanero, mud
And quicksand are various.
Digestion may be breezy; toes with
Pins and needles tingle – hilarious
Thoughts, then dark mood indigo
As pearly gate entry is never vicarious.


Kyrielle: paint chip poem

This week Linda Kruschke’s Paint chip challenge is for a Kyrielle. The word reminded me of Kyrie as in Kyrie eleison. In fact, according to the book I mentioned in my previous paint chip post, it is short for Kyrie eleison and was originally used for hymns. I had three goes at this and have combined the second and third attempts, but it still might qualify for last week’s prompt – Juxtaposition.

Linda writes:

Your challenge this week is to write a kyrielle of at least three stanzas. 

The paint chip words and phrases you have to work with are it takes two to tangoblack widowNiagara Fallsdragonflywarm gloworange you glad, and tissue. I would like you to use at least three of these words or phrases, including one as part of your repeating refrain.

Reflections above a small waterfall

Local waterfall

Dancing rainbow colours

By a path raised over a marsh
In pairs filmy dragonfly play.
The countryside code is not harsh.
It takes two to tango, they say.

The wings of a bright dragonfly
Have colours like waterfall spray.
A rainbow spectrum flying high.
It takes two to tango, they say.

Waterfalls in our neighbourhood
Might cascade a very long way,
But Niagara Falls surely would.
It takes two to tango, they say.

The waterfalls here are smaller.
Rain boosts them on a stormy day.
Niagara Falls stands much taller.
It takes two to tango, they say.

When the warm glow of spring sunshine
Breaks through after long winter’s grey
Everyone begins to feel fine.
It takes two to tango, they say.


Juxtaposed paint chips

How to be Well-versed in Poetry

How to be Well-versed in Poetry

Linda Kruschke has reached the letter J in John Drury’s Poetry dictionary. There was only one entry, leaving a problem for the second time through! My go-to poetry reference book is How to be well-versed in poetry edited by E.O. Parrott.

Linda writes:

This week I’m only giving you six paint chips to work with. If you’d like, you can juxtapose each of these pairs. Or you could mix them up. Or maybe you want to pick your favorites and juxtapose them with ideas from your own imagination.

The words and phrases you have to work with, listed as I’ve paired them, are bougainvillea and fountain of youthblue ribbon and panther, and lightning and lighthouse. You only need to use two, but extra bonus points if you use them all.

Juxtaposed paint chips and text books

Plants like bougainvillea regenerate,
Needing no fountain of youth.
Loitering youths in the park
May be shockingly uncouth.

A blue ribbon is not strong enough to hold
Back a panther on the prowl.
Better to form a rosette –
Panthers roar and hiss and growl!

On a stormy night sailors watch the lightning.
The forked flashes are quite random.
Unlike the regular light-
House beams. Strikes happen seldom.

Juxtaposition was John Drury’s J choice,
E. O. Parrott’s J’s Jingle.
Both authors agree on this –
Entry for J is single.