NPM 2019 Paint Chip Poetry



I thought I was all worn out after last month’s SOL writing challenge. Phew! No daily writing deadlines. Less pressure! More time for….other stuff. Woohoo!

56157671_2292250211056165_7153227001665421312_nBut… it’s National Poetry Month. There are challenges and invitations everywhere! Much to my surprise, I’ve found myself “Playing Around with Poetry”. I’m still not quite sure who gets credit for issuing the initial invitation, but think it was Mary Lee Hahn. I know that Jone MacCulloch, Margaret Simon and Christie Wyman are playing along. Yesterday, I gave in to temptation and messed around with my own version of some Paint Chip Poetry.

This morning, much to my surprise, I couldn’t resist trying again. I changed it up a bit, deciding to pull out three random strips and point at one color on each strip without looking. I pulled: “dapper tan”, “papaya”, and “euphoric lilac.”

Spring Dawn

One plump sparrow
with dapper tan stripes
forages beneath the euphoric lilac
heavy with exuberant blossoms
whose scent drifts up
to sweeten the
papaya-streaked sky

(rough draft)©2019 Molly Hogan

24 thoughts on “NPM 2019 Paint Chip Poetry

  1. Christine says:

    So many fellow slicers are joining in on the poetry fun this month and they are encouraging me too. I haven’t tried yet but maybe Friday!
    I love your paint chip poem. Your chosen colors fit so well with your subject! Love it!

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  2. maryleehahn says:

    Delight-ful! Love the “papaya-streaked sky!” I can’t wait to try a paint chip poem. Today’s magnetic poem didn’t come easy!

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  3. cmargocs says:

    What a great exercise in widening vocabulary and making connections between seemingly- random words! Now I feel I need to head to the paint chip display at the hardware store! I’ll be emailing this link to my school inbox for future use; thanks!

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    • mbhmaine says:

      It definitely makes you think in different ways. So far (she says with the wisdom of two days under her belt), it seems like the color name for one chip provides a sort of entry point. We’ll see if that continues.

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  4. margaretsmn says:

    Papaya streaked sky! I love how the random color names push us to write something in a new way. I’m glad you are joining in. So much fun.

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  5. I’m in love with papaya-streaked sky too! I couldn’t resist this particular challenge either, even though I was certain I was all challenged out after March! I haven’t tried the random paint chip generator yet. Will try that this week for sure!

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  6. Alice Nine says:

    Oh… I so want to join in on the April poetry fun….. but I have too many deadlines and to much work. After two writing challenges in March (writing, reading, and commenting) the most I can manage now will be Tuesday SOL and Poetry Fridays… I do love your poem!

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I know how you feel, Alice! I bit off way more than I could chew in March and ended up essentially bailing on one challenge. I still feel bad about that. We’ll see how long I play along this month. For now, it’s been fun and not too time-consuming. I still hope to get back and read more of your March posts.

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  7. glenda funk says:

    I think paint chip poetry may win the internet this NPM. Your poem is wonderful. I like the way you weave the paint chips into descriptions of nature. I like your take on paint chip poetry. I could not resist the pull of poetry this month, too.

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  8. Lisa Keeler says:

    This is a beautiful poem. I’m just now tonight trying to click through links to find out more about paint chip poetry.

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  9. Trina Haase says:

    So great that so many of you are writing and posting poetry this month! You wrote such a fun, playful poem

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  10. Cheryl Reynolds says:

    I love the paint chip poetry idea. Your poem is wonderful, especially the papaya-streaked sky. Beautiful. Next week, we will be writing poetry. I think my kids will love this idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Yeah! I can’t wait for my euphoric lilacs to bud and bloom! So glad you are joining us. I haven’t pulled random colors yet. I’ve been looking for themes thus far. Will take that risk soon!

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