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 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.
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
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.
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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.
I like your continuation from last week. There won’t be sharks in the resort pool.
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.
😊 I suspect Calvin just hangs out in a lounge chair.
I love your poem. It fits perfectly with what my Bible study class is learning in our study of Matthew.
You managed to include 3 of the words or phrases, Linda. I stuck with 2. I have a feeling it is going to become harder as the month progresses to keep my stanzas connected! https://suestrifles.wordpress.com/2021/10/09/paint-chip-octave-2/
If it was easy it wouldn’t be a challenge. 😁 That’s why I picked my teddy bear to write about, because I figured he is a flexible subject.