Paint Chip Poetry Prompt #20

It’s week 20 of the paint chip prompts. In this crazy time, the prompt for today is quite appropriate and timely. Now that so many of our usual activities are curtailed, it’s more important than ever to understand The Key to Happiness.

Today’s Challenge

Are you up for the challenge? Today I want you to write a poem that reveals the key to happiness using at least four of the following words or phrases: marine, cliff dwelling, Orion, sunset, aloe vera, red carpet, and total eclipse.

Here’s My Poem

I know I’m a little late this week and didn’t have this written and up early this morning as usual. It’s been a busy week. But here’s my poem using all seven of the words and  phrases, one stanza for each.

The Key I Can’t Deny

Some seek happiness
in fortune and fame
But with no red carpet
their life’s not the same

Desiring a spot light
to brighten their way
Yet a total eclipse
leaves life dull and gray

True happiness comes
from a lovely sunset
Or the wagging tail
of a beloved pet

Isolated cliff dwelling
can be joyous too
If your family is there
and a good book or two

Breathing marine air
while strolling the beach
What we need most
is not out of reach

Jesus brings peace
a heavenly balm
Like healing aloe vera
is reading a Psalm

Gazing at Orion
high up in the sky
Pondering God’s love
that none can deny

Your Turn

Now it’s your turn to write a poem. Post it in the comments for others to enjoy, or post it on your own blog and then comment with a link to it. Don’t forget to link back here so others can join in the happiness.


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.


19 Responses

  1. Hello. I just found you here Linda. I have joined in, and here is my offering.

    On windy days we walked
    Along the MARINE Drive
    Below the CLIFF DWELLING
    Where the sea swept onto the road
    Jumping dangerously over the crashing waves
    At night under Orion’s gaze
    The SUNSET having taken us up in its glory
    Soothing us like aloe vera
    Oh there was no red carpet under the reddening sky
    But in our hearts was a total eclipse
    That lasted for fifty years

  2. Key to Happiness

    For some, it’s all about posing on the red carpet
    While others want to make a fortune in the market
    I believe both of these are likely full of emptiness
    And are a total eclipse of what is true happiness

    As Bob Dylan once said, “Up on Project Hill,
    it’s either fortune or fame,
    You must pick one or the other,
    Though neither of them are to be what they claim”

    Solitude for some will seem the right ambition
    Living in a remote cliff dwelling far from civilization
    Others gain happiness by living off the land
    Tending their aloe vera crop each day by hand

    Small moments can often put happiness in reach
    Exploring marine life and relaxing on the beach
    Or waiting until long after sunset darkens the sky
    Then picking out Orion’s belt with the naked eye

    My view is that love and happiness must go hand in hand
    And doing what you love is integral to this demand
    Sharing it all with someone should be done from the start
    Because the key to happiness is usually found in the heart

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