Paint chip 31 word poem – breath of fresh air

Linda Kruschke’s paint chips this week for a 31 word poem are bronze, chanterelle and breath of fresh air.

Don’t forget to visit her blog for the full prompt, her poem and the poems of other participants. Why not link your own poem there too?

Like Linda I have picked ‘breath of fresh air’.

A new broom

Someone with new ideas
May be welcomed as
A breath fresh air –
Working with love, care,
Honesty and integrity,
Getting down to the nitty gritty,
Admitting their mistakes,
Being great shakes.

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.