NPM–PF–Accustomed To Grey


I’d stepped away from Playing with Poetry for the past week or so, but seeing recent Paint Chip Poems by Margaret Simon and Kim Douillard had me itching to bring out the paint chips again. This time I randomly picked four colors: Reticence, Escape Grey, Lantern Light and Overjoy.

Accustomed to Grey

Her own reticence
was a surprise
She’d thought that
once the door opened
to allow a sliver
of lantern light within
she’d be overjoyed
to escape grey
instead she clung to
the comfort of shadows
and shielded her eyes
from the flame

©Molly Hogan, 2019

This week’s Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted by the amazing Amy Ludwig Vanderwater at her blog, The Poem Farm. During NPM, she’s writing a collection of 30 poems that will tell a story. This project has kept me on the edge of my seat and sometimes on the verge of tears. I eagerly await each day’s installment, and if you haven’t been reading along, I encourage you to go check them out now!

19 thoughts on “NPM–PF–Accustomed To Grey

  1. Linda Mitchell says:

    Oh, my goodness….such a story in such few lines. I love how you wove the paint chip words into such a surprise for the lantern holder. Well done, you.

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  2. maryleehahn says:

    The portrait of an introvert! Well done! I agree with Linda — great story in a small package!

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  3. amyludwigvanderwater says:

    Oh gosh. I love this. I see it and want to know more but know that I cannot. Incredible where a few clever color names can take a brain… Happy Poetry Friday!

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thanks, Amy! I’ve been surprised over and over again by the twists and turns of Paint Chip Poetry. Thanks again for hosting today and for your wonderful collection of poems this month.


  4. cweichel says:

    Wow! There is so much in this poem. I’ve been using paint chips with students and am repeatedly impressed with what they create!

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  5. haitiruth says:

    Wow, this is amazing! Ruth,

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  6. lindabaie says:

    Too much, too soon perhaps? Your paint chips brought you to write a brief and powerful poem of feelings, Molly. Words bring us inside ourselves with many surprises. Beautiful!

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  7. I agree with what others have said, Molly. Wow! You’ve packed so much into this small package. Well done!

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  8. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Wow—what a story you weave with just a few words.

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  9. Tabatha says:

    I misread “sliver” as “silver,” which is an interesting grey-ish twist! Cool narrative poem, Molly.

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  10. Nice portrait you’ve painted in your compact poem Molly.

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  11. cvarsalona says:

    As I read this, Molly, I thought what a great story is unfolding. The magic of paint chip poetry is never-ending.

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