NPM Day 3: Two Poems for the Price of One


Ok, I may be addicted. Paint Chip Poetry is just plain fun. I pull three paint colors randomly — I’ve been pulling a color “stick”, pointing without looking, and then doing that again two times–and then I get going. Each time I’ve initially thought, “Ugh. What am I going to do with those colors?” Then somehow I find my way into a rough draft of a poem, or maybe even two!

Today’s colors: Sensible Hue (Yes, really!), Manitou Blue, and Angora

I was not feeling too hopeful with this selection. I decided to start with angora and give myself a character and see what happened. A few more colors made their way into the mix here.

Angora Dreams

Through the finger-smudged glass,
the soft angora rabbit
watched the coloring children
He glanced wistfully at his own sensible hue
and wished for some crayola glamor–
a dab of Razzle Dazzle Rose, a splash of cerise
or perhaps one streak of Manitou blue…
He sighed, hunkered in the corner,
and nibbled on his Burnt Orange carrot

©Molly Hogan, 2019

After spending some time reading and commenting on posts tonight, I was struck by how many people were planning to find some paint chips and try out Paint Chip Poetry. That lead me in this direction, where a few colors from the past two days made a cameo appearance:

Meanwhile at the local hardware store…

“Here comes another one,”
sighed the exasperated clerk.
“No sensible hues,” she said.
“I’m looking for exotic names,
or at least some rhyming potential.”
Her eyes skittered across the rainbow
of graduated color samples
Moving closer, she pushed back the sleeves
of her angora sweater,
her ink-stained fingers hovered, twitched
Lost in thought, she murmured,
“Perhaps enlightened lime, euphoric lilac
or maybe a brilliant Manitou blue?”

©Molly Hogan, 2019


5 thoughts on “NPM Day 3: Two Poems for the Price of One

  1. margaretsmn says:

    Your poems have such a whimsical feel, like you have brushed off your serious slicing self and opened up to delights of humor. Both of these had me smiling. That poor little colorless rabbit and then the poet’s visit to the paint store. You have taken to heart the playfulness of this challenge.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I feel a bit like euphoric lilac, Margaret! lol Somehow participating without committing myself is much more relaxing and invites a playful approach. Grades and parent teacher conferences are over, so that adds to the mix, and finally, I’m just so happy to be writing poetry again after a month focused on prose.

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  2. kd0602 says:

    I love, love, love the hardware store poem! Such a great use of “sensible hue!” Paint chip poetry is in my future. You make it look so fun!

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I can’t wait to see what you do with it, Kim! I’m glad you like the hardware store poem–I kept imagining a run on the paint chip sample cards and the clerk wondering what in the world was going on! lol

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  3. […] I’m occasionally “Playing with Poetry” during National Poetry Month and I’ve been primarily focused on writing Paint Chip Poetry. To be honest, some of the results feel more like vignettes than poems. To read more about my basic, constantly evolving process, visit here or here. […]


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