Paint Chip Octave No. 5

We’ve made it to the end of the month (almost) and the last October octave prompt. To read the definition of octave and the full instructions for this prompt, read Paint Chip Octave No. 1. You can read my continuing saga about my teddy bear Calvin beginning in that post and continuing in No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4. I finish it up today.

The Challenge

The paint chip words and phrases you have to work with today are iris, Grand Canyon, mist, midnight, and half-and-half. I would like you to use at least two of these in today’s octave. Ideally, you’ll be building on the four octave stanzas you’ve already written. But if you haven’t started yet, feel free to write a stand-alone octave today.

My Poem

I was delighted to see the paint chips randomly pulled for today. One of them is perfect because it is a place Calvin has been.

My favorite girl's favorite guy brought me to my home
After liberating me and three friends from hopelessness
I don't know where they went, but over the world I roam
I traveled the Grand Canyon like the Pony Express
I've been in the mists of Maui's lovely ʻĪao Valley 
And seen the ancient pyramids of Chichen Itza
New York bustled at midnight, and warm was Southern Cali
But my favorite place is right at home family and pizza

Your Turn and Some News

Now it’s your turn to write an octave. You can share it right in the comments, or you can post it on your blog or website and drop a link in the comments. Be sure to read and comment on the other poems that are shared.

It is with a heavy heart that I typed that sign-off for the last time. I have decided that the paint chip prompts have run their course. We’re almost through the paint chip deck a second time and I seem to be losing steam. It’s been harder and harder for me to get these done on time to go live on Friday mornings. Looking ahead at my schedule in November and December, I realized it was only going to get harder.

But that doesn’t mean I won’t be posting at all. I definitely will. And keep an eye out for a free download of a PDF containing a bunch of my favorite paint chip prompts. For those of you who missed the beginning of this adventure that began the first Friday of 2020 (you remember, back before we were in the beginning/middle/end of a pandemic), you’ll be able to peruse the best prompts all in one place. Look for that download sometime around the end of November.

Thanks to everyone who has shared your lovely words, with my paint chip words and phrases expertly weaved in. I have so enjoyed this weekly prompt and I hope you have too.

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.


17 Responses

  1. My favorite place is right at home as well.

    Here is the final stanza of Unknown Sin using “mist” and “midnight”.

    Through moral mist we’ve claimed our pleasure’s good.
    On Halloween the candy was a treat.
    The apple from the midnight witch was sweet.
    We counted every coin. Our fevers could
    continue pleasure, rightly ours. Or, should
    we punish doing tricks out in the street,
    manipulating weaker ones we meet?
    Our unknown sin was doing what we would.

  2. Thank you so much for the weekly prompts. They were responsible for getting me out of my “writing burn out” and back into the writing game again. I believe I participated in each and every one of the prompts the first time through the deck, although I could be wrong. I also believe I have a few bonus points, with which those and $3.50 might get me a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

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