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.
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.
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
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.
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Here is mine for this week:
Some things cancelled are a relief when you never wanted them to happen in the first place.
This was the most surreal prompt for me because the words really resonated with the tale of my relationship.
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
Some excellent advice. I love all the different examples of anxiety and worries that you included, especially Grandma and the jelly.
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.
Thank you both for the kind words
I love the examples and the ending fits so perfectly!