I wasn’t going to do an April writing challenge. I had many reasons not to commit to more daily writing. Don’t we all? And truly, the daily poem challenge last year was HARD. I write an occasional poemish thing when I’m slicing, but I don’t think of myself as someone who writes poetry. Another good reason not to tackle a daily poetry writing challenge!
But then the very first thing I saw this morning when I got online was Christie’s Paint Chip Poem. And all my writing antennae tingled. I tried to be firm with myself. But… PAINT CHIPS. I love paint chips. And before I knew it, I was ordering a set of haikubes and metaphor dice and making a plan to raid Ace Hardware for all the paint chips. (Also, there is an actual Paint Chip Poetry Game!)
As a serious person who struggles with play AND with poetry, this won’t necessarily be an easy month of writing. But I think there will be daily wonder and surprise as well as plenty of silly and weird, at least the way I will do it. Plus, lots and lots of paint chips!
The idea for a list poem of possible cat nicknames came to me as I was collecting paint chips and marveling over the names (and also calling across the store for my husband to guess what color “Au Contraire” was). I knew I didn’t want to add any of my own words to this first poem; mostly I just wanted to celebrate the weird wonder of these paint chip names. Even the title of my poem is a paint chip color.
My own cats have many nicknames, and a couple of the cleverer ones respond as quickly to their nicknames as to their real names. Well, inasmuch as they respond at all. They are cats after all.