Here we are at week #32 of the paint chip poetry prompt and I have a bit of a dilemma. Tonight when I pulled the cards for this prompt, I realized there aren’t enough unused prompt cards to get us to the end of the year. In eight weeks I need to either come up with a different way to determine the “topic” for the remaining weeks, or shuffle the prompt cards and start repeating.
If I shuffle and repeat, we still won’t have the same complete prompts because the paint chip cards will be different. I guess I have two months to figure it out, but if anyone has a preference I’m all ears (or I guess eyes, because I’d be reading your comments, not hearing them).
Anyway, on to today’s prompt. The topic is One of These Things Is Not Like the Others. When I read that, I really hoped there would be one obvious paint chip card that was vastly different from all the others, but that didn’t happen. This one is going to take some creative thinking.
The prompt words and phrases are lipstick, brick, the whole enchilada, sand dollar, peachy, nectar, and coral. I will confess that six of these were right next to each other in the never-been-shuffled deck and the seventh was from a different part of the deck. Maybe you can guess which one is that seventh paint chip?
Since the usual game of One of These Things Is Not Like the Others has only four choices, that’s how many of the paint chips I’m challenging you to use in your poem.
I’m actually going to stick with only using four of the paint chips, mostly because I just can’t figure out any way that one of the seven is different from all of the others. And believe me, I’ve tried to figure out a way.
One of These Things Is Different Coral grows in the ocean deep Living and active in its briny keep Nectar comes from a living flower Eaten by hummingbirds every hour A sand dollar lives in a shallow tide pool Where fish might be trapped in a small school A brick can be used to build a high wall Quite different as it's not alive at all Life is a gift bestowed by our God Cherished by many who creation applaud But even the lifeless life of a brick Has value and merit as does lipstick
Now it’s time for you to write your poem. You can post it in the comments below. Or, if you’d prefer, you can post it on your own blog and put a link in the comments. Remember to link back here from your post so others can find the prompt and play along in our game of One of These Things Is Not Like the Others. I look forward to all your fun and creative responses.