Paint Chip Octave No. 2

Last week we started a month-long quest to write five octaves that are connected as a single poem. My apologies for the late posting of this week’s edition. It’s been that kind of week.

For the definition of octave and the full prompt, see this post from last week.

The Challenge

The challenge this week is to write the second octave of your poem. The five paint chip words and phrases you have to work with are after the fire, shark, bramble, tickled pink, and bittersweet. I would like you to use at least two of these in your octave. You can use the same rhyme scheme as last week, or mix it up. But this week’s stanza should connect with last week’s.

My Poem

Last week I started a poem about my teddy bear Calvin. Let’s see how his adventures continue.

Sometimes you'll find me hiding in the dark
At the end of a day that was bittersweet
But I shant be swimming with a shark
Nor will an octopus be a creature I'll greet
My favorite girl loves to snorkel in the sea
But I'm tickled pink at the resort poolside
The salty water is not good for me
In busy pools left by the ebbing tide

Your Turn

Now it’s your turn. If you participated last week, bring us octave stanza number two of your continuing saga. If you weren’t able to join in last week, you can start fresh with this week’s paint chip words and phrases, or you could be ambitious and write two stanzas, one with last week’s words and one with this week’s. Share your poem in the comments or post it on your website or blog and drop a link in the comments.

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.


10 Responses

  1. I don’t know what it is about these octaves, but they’re hard! I wrote one for the first week but won’t be sharing because it’s too dark. Working on this set of paint chips today. 🙂

    • It’s up to you whether you share your first octave, but I don’t think being “too dark” is a reason not to share. It may be just the thing someone struggling needs to read because they think they are alone in that darkness.

      I look forward to what you come up with for this week.

  2. I like your continuation from last week. There won’t be sharks in the resort pool.

    Unknown Sin

    Ir’s bittersweet recalling unknown sin
    provided there’s repentance at the end
    that offers peace that a clean heart can tend
    to find the righteous path and try again.
    Without that bramble our new hearts may win
    to change direction, toss our current trend,
    and find the narrow way around the bend
    that lets at last the Holy Spirit in.

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