Chic-a-Taup-e-Tan (a Paint Chip Poem)

No Love For Fatties invites us to join in on her Paint Chip Poetry by creating our own poem inspired by the paint chip colors of the week. I think this is a really creative and fun idea. Check out her original post and join in too if you feel inspired.

Paint Chip Poetry


Be well,

Monty

Silver Lining June Round-Up

At the beginning of June I invitated all of you poets (or potential poets, which is all of you) out there to join me in Silver Lining June. This has been a collaborative project for the blogging and writing community to create together. Today I’m sharing all the wonderful creations – mine and yours.

What is the Silver Lining form, you ask? It’s a miner variation on the Golden Shovel form that I “invented” earlier this year. It offers a little more flexibility. Here are the “rules”.

Special thanks to the contributors to Silver Lining June:


Silver Lining June Poems (Prompt 1):

June Prompt No. 1

A molten gold flows away from the sun.”

from “Evening Sea Wind” by Carl Sandburg

A Different Sun

Flesh and bones molten;

Borrowed life, paid for with gold,

Flows

Away

From

His silenced heart, to see a different sun.

by Monty Vern

Once the heart becomes molten,

Carefully cup the blistering gold

In your hands and…[more]

by Serendippity

Desire bubbles up like lava, molten

Fantasies of rings of gold

The way the conversation…[more]

by No Love For Fatties

The hammer raised falls, slag shoots a

Gray heat no so removed from molten

Iron once a bright glowing gold

Now dulled as heat…[more]

by A Different Perspective

Silver Lining June Poems (Prompt 2):

June Prompt No. 2

“It is in the smell of an avocado blossom, and in the true passion of a kiss.”

from “The Unnamable River” by Arthur Sze

Avocado Toast

Feeding each other breakfast in bed, we lay in our smell;

Supple eggs on toast with buttery rich avocado

Sipping tea of steeped blossom

The blush of your naked cheeks true

A fading memory of passion

Reignited by the gentlest kiss

by Monty Vern

The Senselessness of Long Covid

Now you must accentuate sight, having lost smell.

Though slices of tomato, yellow pepper and avocado

Masquerade on a blue plate as a festive blossom,

Artistry is a…[more]

by Serendippity

Silver Lining June Poems (Prompt 3):

June Prompt No. 3

The day is done, and the darkness

Falls from the wings of night,

As a feather is wafted downward

From an eagle in his flight.“

from “The Day is Done” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This Day Undone

This day

Undone

Darkness

Lifts me high above the falls

With heavy wings

Sculpted in the image of night

Each iron feather

Forged from wafted

Despair turning upward downward

And the false eagle

Drops me from it’s hellish flight.

by Monty Vern

Something New Under the Sun

Again a demoralizing day:

Dear heart will you never be done

Fraternizing with darkness,

Letting stumbles lapse into falls,

“Forgetting” you have…[more]

by Serendippity

If you missed the Golden Shovels created by the community in the April challenge, check out all the contributions in the Golden Shovel April Round-Up. Feel free to give these prompts a try as well. They were great poem line prompts with lots of creative potential.


Be well,

Monty

Double Coffee Bean with Chocolate Cream Swirl (a Paint Chip Poem)

No Love For Fatties invites us to join in on her Paint Chip Poetry by creating our own poem inspired by the paint chip colors of the week. I think this is a really creative and fun idea. Check out her original post and join in too if you feel inspired.

Paint Chip Poetry


Be well,

Monty

Higher Imaginations (a Paint Chip Poem)

No Love For Fatties invites us to join in on her Paint Chip Poetry by creating our own poem inspired by the paint chip colors of the week. I think this is a really creative and fun idea. Check out her original post and join in too if you feel inspired.

Paint Chip Poetry


Be well,

Monty

Rose (a Paint Chip Poem)

No Love For Fatties invites us to join in on her Paint Chip Poetry by creating our own poem inspired by the paint chip colors of the week. I think this is a really creative and fun idea. Check out her original post and join in too if you feel inspired.

Paint Chip Poetry


Be well,

Monty

Blue Dance (a Paint Chip Poem)

No Love For Fatties invites us to join in on her Paint Chip Poetry by creating our own poem inspired by the paint chip colors of the week. I think this is a really creative and fun idea. Check out her original post and join in too if you feel inspired.

Paint Chip Poetry


Be well,

Monty

Welcome to Silver Lining June (an invitation)

Here’s an invitation to all of you poets (or potential poets, which is all of you) out there to join me in Silver Lining June. This is a collaborative project for the blogging and writing community to create together.

Back in April I ran a challenge called “Golden Shovel April”, which called upon the community to create a Golden Shovel poem based on the prompts provided. It was a fabulous success and a number of the participants asked me to continue. However, I want to provide a little variety and so I’m going to run a new challenge based on the “Silver Lining” form — which is a variation on the Golden Shovel that I came up with earlier this year.

What is the Silver Lining form, you ask? It’s a miner variation on the Golden Shovel form that I “invented” earlier this year. It offers a little more flexibility. Here are the “rules”:


Silver Lining “Rules”

1) Take a line (or lines) from an existing poem (I provide this in the prompt section below)

2) Use each KEY word in the line (or lines) as an end word in your poem. You can skip words like “the”, “and”, “or” etc. that are less core to the meaning of the line. This is the key difference between the Silver Lining vs. the Golden Shovel.

3) Keep the end words in order.

4) The new poem does not have to be about the same subject as the poem that offers the end words.

5) Make sure to credit the poet who originally wrote the line (or lines) and link to my prompt post.

6. Have fun! If the rules are too rigid for what your muse is calling for then break them!


Silver Lining Example:

Prompt: “Cursing the winter solstice sun” (from Under the Solstice Sun by Monty Vern)

New Silver Lining poem (note that it excludes the “the” from the prompt line)

Fallen Sun

She cursing
Anger burning through cold winter
Sharp winds whipping away solstice
Me, her fallen sun.


Silver Lining June Prompts

Choose one, two, or all three and create your own Silver Lining poem for each prompt you select.

June Prompt No. 1

A molten gold flows away from the sun.”

from “Evening Sea Wind” by Carl Sandburg

June Prompt No. 2

“It is in the smell of an avocado blossom, and in the true passion of a kiss.”

from “The Unnamable River” by Arthur Sze

June Prompt No. 3

The day is done, and the darkness

Falls from the wings of Night,

As a feather is wafted downward

From an eagle in his flight.“

from “The Day is Done” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Additional Guidelines

(1) You can either post on your own blog and link to this prompt post so that we can all see it and further share, include it in this post’s comments section, or post on twitter and tag me (@montyvern).

(2) While there is not any hard deadline, the intention is to share your poem(s) during the prompt month (feel free to post each poem separately if you decide to do more then one). If you post prior to the end of the month, then I will try to include your submission (along with mine) in a monthly round-up post for us all to enjoy. If you’ve posted on your own site then I will include an excerpt with link. If you post either in the comments or twitter I will include the entire poem with credit to the author.

(3) While there is absolutely no requirement, I highly encourage you to tag one or two potential poets in your post and invite them to join. Let’s grow our creative community!


If you missed the Golden Shovels created by the community in the April challenge, check out all the contributions in the Golden Shovel April Round-Up. Feel free to give these prompts a try as well. They were great poem line prompts with lots of creative potential.

That’s it. Time to get poetic! Enjoy!



Be well,

Monty

City of Wood (a Paint Chip Poem)

No Love For Fatties invites us to join in on her Paint Chip Poetry by creating our own poem inspired by the paint chip colors of the week. I think this is a really creative and fun idea. Check out her original post and join in too if you feel inspired.

Paint Chip Poetry


Be well,

Monty

A Miracle


Another good reminder for myself. Originally published in Thirteen Words.


Be well,

Monty


Thirteen Spice


I picked up a snack at the hospital lobby cafe. It’s a Thirteen Spice crawfish flavored pretzel stick (pic below). I’m a big fan of Thirteen Spice but I realized I didn’t even know what the actual spices are. So here is my idea for the day. I’m going to research the ingredients that make up the Thirteen Spice mix and then they will be my inspiration for…something. We’ll have to see what that something is.

Thirteen Spice Mix:

  • Orange Peel, Cinnamon, Cumin, Ginger, Angelica, Sichuan Peppercorn, Star Anise, Nutmeg, Galangal, White Pepper, Cloves, Licorice, Cardamom.

All In

Entice me with your aromatics, complex yet bold
Your smooth and savory tones suggest you might be an Angel(ica),
But there is a touch of Sichuan pepper heat that warns of the devil,
Peel back my inhibitions,
Pepper me with your cinnamon, cumin, cloves and cardamum
Bathe me in nutmeg, ginger and galangal
Tease me with your black licorice edge and orange zest
Loosing count of the (Anise) Stars,
Whether heaven or hell, I’m all in.


You can be the judge of the resulting poetry, but I can attest that the snack was delicious. I’m glad I only had one small pack to limit my indulgence as I’m not sure I would have stopped.

Be well,

Monty