Paint Chip Poetry Prompt #24
It’s week 24, almost halfway through the year of weekly prompts. Some weeks it’s been harder than others to get this posted. This is one of those weeks. You may have noticed this wasn’t up at 7:00 a.m. as usual. I didn’t even have the words and prompt chosen by then.
But I’m determined not to miss a week. As the saying goes, better late than never.
The Challenge: Listen Carefully
I have to confess that I’m not thrilled with this week’s selection of paint chips, but random is as random does. These are what we’ve got. Maybe because I’m in a serious mood but these words lend themselves to a more nonsensical poem.
In the interest of everyone’s sanity, I need you to listen carefully: I’m only suggesting you use two of the seven words or phrases. Choose carefully. Here’s what you have to work with: kindling, hot cocoa, monsoon, purple mountain majesties, fig leaf, rubber ducky, and cheese puff.
So here’s what I came up with this morning using just two of the words or phrases.
Listen, My Son, and You Will Hear Listen, my son, and you will hear The voice of those who've gone before. Who treasure freedom, oh so dear; As kindling burns they ask for more. Along with freedom let justice ring Over purple mountain majesties. And with angelic host do sing; Trusting God who holds the keys. Though today it seems all's lost, Where hatred and power rule the day, Measure carefully the cost And follow the truth, the life, the way.
Okay, now it’s your turn. Hit me with your serious or whimsical poems using at least two of the prompt words. You’re certainly welcome to use them all if you can find a way. Post your poem in the comments, or post it on your own blog and share a link in the comments. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with.
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Linda, mine turned out quite bizarre, but here it is anyway!
I’m a bit late with this one as I was busy at an online Christian writers’ conference yesterday. It must have done me good as I managed to use all seven words, with a bit of help from Wikipedia! https://suestrifles.wordpress.com/paint-chip-poetry/
You’re not late at all. Glad to have you join the fun. I hope you learned a lot at the conference. Which one was it?
It was run by ACW. We should have been in the Yorkshire Dales.
Another one as these were fun for me:
Here is my first response, I will have another one tomorrow:
Yes, a bit of a challenge, at least for me! Great job to all the others!
Great job to you, too! I love a good haibun.
I hope you like it!
Listen to the Ducky
Listen carefully and if you’re quite lucky
You’ll hear the quack of the rubber ducky
He’s eating cheese puffs and drinking hot cocoa
Look out when he spills it and cries out “oh, oh”
The wet monsoons will wash away his cares
His modesty requires a fig leaf you know where
The kindling started fire will be his feather dryer
And purple mountain majesties will let him fly higher
I love the humor hidden there.
Some sounds are unique and quite easy to hear
They trigger the senses and memories appear
The rain that accompanies the wet monsoon
Is not drowned out by the noise of afternoon
Hear the crackling of the kindling in the fire
Then comes hot cocoa before our evening retire
Other sounds are subtle or not even heard
It takes imagination to know they occurred
The wind blowing through trees makes a sound
But you may never hear a fig leaf hit the ground
Purple mountains make majestic backdrops
To the near sounds of silence of swaying crops
We all hear the sounds that enter our head
But we must listen carefully to what is not said
Excellent! And you used 5 of the words. I don’t know if rubber ducky or cheese puff are going to make it into anyone’s poem, but only time will tell.
My 2nd submission covers all the bases, and it took me less than 5 minutes. The midnight ride of Paul Revere was stuck in my head (and apparently yours too), which gave me numerous false starts on this one.
Mine was inspired by a very intense discussion with Benton last night. Oh to be young again.
Sending you positive vibes! Will get to work immediately!