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.
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
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.
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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
That is beautiful! Made me smile. Thanks for joining in the fun.
Thankyou 😊. I found you through revivedwriter’s blog. I am blind, so forguve me if I make any typing errors! Glad to have found you.
Here is mine, Linda. 🙂
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
So true! Interesting that you started on a similar track as I did, and I’m assuming you didn’t read mine first as usual.
Correct. I avoid any and all cross pollination when constructing my poem. This is not the first time we had similar themes and phrases. I blame it on DNA.
Well, it is pretty good DNA!
I for one love your poem, Linda
I’m not sure I can follow your excellent poem for this challenge, but I’ll have a look at it later. Meanwhile I have collected my paint chip poetry onto a page https://suestrifles.wordpress.com/paint-chip-poetry/
That’s awesome! Thanks for being part of the fun.
You know I meant you are a hard act to follow. There may have been some confusion! I have now posted my poem on the page on my blog. Thanks for setting these challenges, Linda.
I absolutely love your response to this prompt! It made me smile.