Here we are at week 47. I can’t believe there are only 5 weeks left in the year after this. I’m already thinking about how to stir up the paint chips for next year.
But for this week I’m still the pulling theme from a random page of a poetry book. This week the theme is from page 205 from a collection called Chiaroscuro: Darkness and Light. It’s an anthology of poems inspired by prompts posted at dVerse Poets Pub, including 2 I wrote.
Anyway, the theme poem is titled “The Painter” by Candace Kubinec. So today I want you to be the painter and create a vivid picture with words. Paint a place that we are either drawn to visit or afraid we’ll have to go to some day.
And I want you to paint your picture with all 7 of these paint chip words and phrases: bramble, wheat fields, graphite, the Great Plains, grizzly, herb garden, and iron gate.
A Lovely Stroll I took a stroll one sunlit day with dappled shadows from puffy white clouds crossing the cerulean sky. Gazing across the Great Plains, a serene breeze waves the amber wheat fields that stretch for miles. I take a turn at the corner of Grizzly and Vine, tripping, just a little, on cracks in the uneven sidewalk. Just ahead, maybe a block or two, is my favorite place to spend a rainless afternoon with time to kill. I unlatch the graphite-colored iron gate, swing it open with a discordant creak that says it needs some oil. I meander into the town herb garden, where the scent of basil and thyme, rosemary and sage, waft upon the wind. But there is more than simple herbs to be found here. My real reason for coming is the bramble near the back, filled to the brim with juicy red raspberries ripe and sweet. I fill the basket hanging over my arm then head home. Back the way I came along the streets of this sleepy town where a friendly smile greets at every corner and store front, and my neighbor asks with a grin, What time will pie be served? I nod and say, Meet me on the porch at 9, you bring the cider.
So what will your painting be? I can’t wait to see. Please post it in the comments, or if you have a blog of your own post it there and share a link in the comments. Happy painting poets!