It’s week 50 and I’m late. I spent yesterday reviewing the PDF of a 2,750-page book for work and couldn’t bring myself to sit in front of the computer to write this prompt and my poem last night. But it’s still Friday, so it’s all good. I’m not usually a “better late than never” kind of person—I’d much rather be early and schedule these ahead—but today is a “better late than never” kind of day.
For this week’s theme, I decided to go to my first poetry book, Light in My Darkness: Poems of Hope for the Brokenhearted. My random number generator landed on page 41 and the poem on that page is titled From Grace Comes Hope.
We all need hope to keep going. I’m looking for poems about where your hope comes from. Or maybe you want to write about a time you felt hopeless? Perhaps grace will be your inspiration. I’ve only posted the first two stanzas of this poem, but if you want to read the whole thing for inspiration, you can read it here.
The paint chip words and phrases you have to work with are evergreen, fern, lost balloon, bento box, gargoyle, mountain peak, and Boundary Waters. (I’m not sure why that last one is capitalized. Does anyone else know?)
I’d like you to use at least four of these seven words and phrases in your poem. Any style will do.
I’m sort of pressed for time this morning, so this is going to be a quick write. Hopefully it’s not too terrible.
Where Are You, My Hope? Hope is elusive at times High upon a mountain peak When I find it I will speak Of the blessing I have found Hope is distant at times Floating away like a lost balloon Up in the sky like a waning moon Still it's never out of reach Hope is abundant at times Like a forest of evergreen trees Or summer lavender covered with bees I might take it for granted then Hope is satisfying at times A bento box filled with lunch To share because I have a bunch And others need some too Hope, my hope, I know You come from my God above Offered with grace and lots of love To show You care
Okay, now it’s your turn. If you’re new to the paint chip prompt, here’s the drill. Write your poem inspired by the prompt. Then, if you don’t have a blog, share it in the comments. If you do have a blog, post your poem there and drop a link in the comments. And be sure to read the poems shared by others. That adds to the fun for everyone.