Paint Chip Poetry Prompt #16

It’s week 16 of Paint Chip Poetry! It’s hard to believe how time flies, even when you’re stuck at home because of a pandemic.

So this week’s topic is pilgrimage. Oh what cruel fate, since many people can’t literally go on a pilgrimage anywhere right now. Perhaps it will have to be a pilgrimage in the mind, or a reflection on a pilgrimage of the past, or hopefulness for a future pilgrimage when the world gets back to normal.

The Challenge

The paint chip words and phrases for this week are wishing well, dewdrop, Niagara Falls, foggy harbor, antique rose, aura, and Grand Canyon. Your challenge this week is to use at least five of these words in your poem, including either Niagara Falls or Grand Canyon. Extra points if you use them all. Double extra points if you can make me want to go on the pilgrimage you describe.

My Poem

Pilgrimage of the Newlyweds

She imagined the alluring aura
like a crown of joy upon her head
her laughing smile to complement
the antique rose honeymoon frock

She was thinking of the wishing well
where two bits and a yearning for love
had brought her this handsome beau
with imposing height and equal grin

A traveling twosome undaunted
they were by a foggy harbor to traverse
on their blissfully harmonious trip
to monumental Niagara Falls

Standing at a north rim railing
of the gargantuan Grand Canyon
pondering a dewdrop on cactus
the early morn brought new joy

Your Turn

Now it’s your turn. Post your poem in the comments, or post it on your own blog and include a link in the comments. I can’t wait to journey through your offerings.

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16 Responses

  1. Pilgrimage of Love and Life

    Our pilgrimage began years ago in our own neighborhood
    Little did we know that our next stop would be Hollywood
    It took forty-five years for these events to join together
    The wishing well at our wedding sealed our fate forever

    Weather interfered with many an ocean front adventure
    The aura of the mountains tends toward what we prefer
    A morning dewdrop on a flower in the hills of Tuscany
    Can be more inspiring than the craftsmanship of many

    The coastal towns of the Cinque Terre were visited in the rain
    We’d love to view their hues of yellow, blue, and antique rose again
    Driving up from Pula an accordion festival took us by surprise
    Then ascending to a mountaintop in Lienz really opened our eyes

    Ancient henges and clear streams we’ve seen on our way
    Steep cliffs, fairy gardens, and rope bridges that sway
    Giant’s causeway, crumbling castles, and a quiet dinner for two
    It’s all part of our journey, discovering and awakening anew

    Our long bucket list contains Spain, Niagara Falls, and the Grand Canyon
    While New York at Christmas and a foggy harbor in Maine both have been stricken
    Although it might appear we’ve taken many wonderful but separate trips
    It’s really a single pilgrimage of love and life ingrained in our relationship

  2. I think I used them all!

    Places of pilgrimage

    In Derbyshire well-dressing
    Has nothing to do with dressing well.
    Arrangements of spring flowers are
    Not like an antique rose on a wishing well.

    It is far from the foggy harbour
    Where the lights have an aura –
    Red and green for port and starboard –
    Colours echoed in much flora.

    The spray of roaring waters
    Of Niagara Falls on a border
    Splits the light (as a dewdrop might)
    Into rainbow colours in their order.

    Tourists like to visit
    Well-publicised landlocked inland
    Places like the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon
    Or the colder climes of Norway and Finland.

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