Paint Chip Poetry Prompt #11

It’s week #11 and last week I had the most players yet: four! So I’m thinking starting this weekly poetry prompt wasn’t a big mistake.

But this week’s prompt will have you (and me) writing about something that was a big mistake. The prompt words are pizzazz, ruby slippers, old barn, picnic basket, quarry, Sisyphus’s boulder, and Milky Way.

Your challenge, should you bravely accept it, is to write a poem that does not include the word mistake—find a good synonym instead. Then use at least three of the paint chip words—to use fewer would be a great gaffe.

Here’s my poem:

Blunders and Omissions

If I had ruby slippers
I think that I would know
Unlike delusional Dorothy
That they would make me grow

Oh wait, or was that Alice
Whose wicker basket held
A piece of muddled cake
That offered a growth spell

Oh no, that was Boo Boo
Who had a picnic basket
That Yogi wanted to eat
Or else he’d blow a gasket

Which reminds me of the quarry
Where Sisyphus’s boulder
Became his greatest blunder
As he pushed it with his shoulder

Oh what a silly poem this is
I was going for pizzazz
But ended up with confusion
And all that jazz

Your Turn

So what’s your plan? Will you go serious or silly? Will come up with blunders and bungles, or maybe go the opposite direction and write about no big mistake at all?

Post your poem in the comments, or post it on your blog and link to it in the comments. Either way, please play along.

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


9 Responses

  1. Mistakes Are Plentiful

    Yogi Bear stealing a picnic basket in the park
    Noah ignoring the request to build an arc

    Dorothy not knowing about ruby slippers
    Letting the sharks get to poor little Flipper

    Planning a celebration without pizzazz
    The music world without soft jazz

    Rolling Sisyphus’s boulder uphill
    Allowing the revenuers to find the still

    Believing the Milky Way is the whole universe
    Thinking that things can never get worse

    Swimming alone at the water filled quarry
    Not listening with earnest to the entire story

    Letting the old barn fall into decay
    Acquiring goods without making pay

    Of the things here mentioned do not partake
    Because each and every one is a big mistake

  2. I see your posts i my reader, Linda. This one caught my imagination. Here’s my attempt:


    We climbed in the twilight
    To the old barn with its skylight,
    Carrying our picnic basket packed
    With the food we had stacked
    For a rainy day.
    Our chocolate bars
    Were all of ‘Mars’
    And none of ‘Milky Way’.
    Our faux pas was that
    The glass wasn’t flat.
    Our view of Copernicus
    Was out of focus!

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