Paint Chip Poetry Prompt #26

It’s week 26, the halfway mark for the year. Time sure does fly when you’re hanging out at home due to a pandemic. It seems like I just wrote my poem for prompt #25 and it’s already time for another.

The Challenge

So the challenge this week is to write about the phrase “What a Relief.” Have you been relieved about something? Maybe you got to go back to work? Or some test results came back negative? Or the bee population seems to be doing well and is busy pollinating this year?

Whatever it is, craft your poem about it using at least 4 of the following 7 words and phrases: smooth sailing, shark, concrete, wax seal, summer camp, margarita, and straw hat.

My Poem

For some reason, these words and phrases have me feeling a little silly, so my offering today will lean that way. Besides, there’s been too much serious in my world of late.

Changing Summer Plans

Summer camp is cancelled
and what a relief it is
The wax sealed invitation
sure did send me in a spin
The sea shore was the venue
and I'm deathly afraid of sharks
They said it would be smooth sailing
but I seriously have my doubts
I don't even have a straw hat
to protect me from the harsh sun

I'd rather visit my sister
We'll sip margaritas and eat tacos
on her concrete patio
Now that's what I call summer

Your Turn

Now it’s your turn to share your poem about something that was a big relief. Remember, use at least 4 of the paint chip words or phrases. Extra bonus points if you use all 7. Share your poem in the comments, or if you have your own blog, post it there and share a link in the comments. I can’t wait to see what y’all come up with.

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.


13 Responses

  1. Anxiety And Relief

    Anxiety awaits us, often creating great anguish
    What a relief we feel when we make it vanquish

    That summer camp day we feared would be frightening
    In contrast it was pleasant and even enlightening

    Our trip to the beach could have be ruined by a shark
    Turned out that the ocean was more fun than the park

    We feared the bright sunshine would damage our skin
    As it happened the straw hat protected all but our chin

    Grandma worried of spoiled canning reaching our belly
    But the wax seal held tight, preserving the grape jelly

    With trepidation some order their first margarita
    Then they order a second to accompany their fajita

    Anxiety is a real and can hit you hard as concrete
    Don’t dismiss it lightly but don’t mount a retreat

    Small steps are important when you face those rough seas
    Smooth sailing awaits you, relief often comes in degrees

    • I love this! I appreciate the validation, to not take anxiety lightly, since it can hit like “concrete,” along with the accurate recognition that to face one’s anxiety can lead to more happiness than expected.

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