Paint Chip Poem: Playing with Poetry #playingwithpoetryNPM #sol19 2/30

This month, I’m tagging along with Christie, Margaret, Jone, Mary Lee, and other writers to play with poetry. I’ll be using haikubes, metaphor dice, magnet poetry, blackout poetry, spine poetry, found poetry, and anything else that catches my fancy, including paint chips!

Paint chips for today’s poem

Lion’s Slumber

Cat rests in the early morning sun
Seeks warm gold in the bluebird morning
Stretches into his sunbeam sanctuary
Morning hush between birdsong.

I originally had a longer poem planned that would include many places cats might sleep. I thought it would be an interesting way to use some of the quirkier colors I found: Shopping Bag, Clay Figurine, Dante’s Cardigan, Basket of Bobbins, Vintage Satchel. But I scratched the rest of the lines I wrote in favor of the more focused moment.




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30 responses to “Paint Chip Poem: Playing with Poetry #playingwithpoetryNPM #sol19 2/30”

  1. TammyB Avatar

    Fun!!! I will have to try this

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It’s very fun! Definitely worth a try.

  2. arjeha Avatar

    Your poem definitely captures the moment of the picture. Beautiful picture.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      She’s a very photogenic kitty!

  3. livinglife816287820 Avatar

    A lot of fun, I didn’t know that paints could have such exotic names!! Love the photo.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I am super obsessed with paint chip colors. Granted, I am picking out the special ones and skipping “White.”

  4. Terje Avatar

    It doesn’t stop amazing me the ways people find and create poetry. Your poem with paint chip words is warm.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Who knew you could make poetry with paint chips?! I am looking for all the unusual ways to create poetry this month, so I’ll have to see what else a Google search turns up.

  5. readingteachsu Avatar

    Have to go and get those paint chips right now.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I know!! You won’t be disappointed.

  6. Ramona Avatar

    Sunbeam sanctuary, such luscious words. We painted daughter’s room twice before finding a yellow we could live with. It’s still there and one of my favorite rooms in the house.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I love the color yellow, even though it’s supposed to be depressing for a wall color. But I don’t find it so at all.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thank you! I first saw the idea on Christie Wyman’s blog and I’m having fun generating writing this way.

  7. mbhmaine Avatar

    Paint names are amazing! My kitchen is painted in Cherry Cobbler with Vanilla Custard Trim–I mean how could I resist that combo? I’m not even sure it was the red I wanted, but the name lured me in! I’m especially fond of “blueberry morning” in your poem. I like how you focused on the one moment but would also have loved to see the other version. Cats do sleep in the darndest places. PS Abby is a beaut!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Of course you had to go with those colors! If I’m stuck later in the month, at least I know I have some more cat napping places I can come back to.

  8. Alice Nine Avatar
    Alice Nine

    I am resisting the temptation…. but my work mounts around me even as I read and comment on this Tuesday SOL.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Ha! I understand. I thought I could resist the temptation too, but no…..

  9. Trina Haase Avatar
    Trina Haase

    So impressive, Elisabeth! I’m in awe of your creativity and smart insights

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thanks, Trina! Starting to get into a groove with the new challenge. And trying to just have fun writing!

  10. glenda funk Avatar
    glenda funk

    It’s rather amazing how paint boasts its ability to bring nature indoors. Love the focus of the poem and the cat image illustrating the poem.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thanks, Glenda. I have already seen many nature poems hiding in my paint chips. I should be able to write about my beloved prairie very easily too.

  11. Wondering and Wandering Avatar

    And what a great moment it was. So lovely I wanted to curl up, too. And I don’t like cats! So glad you came out to play with us! — Christie

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thanks for coming up with such a great idea for a poetry challenge!

  12. Jen Driggers Avatar

    Love this poem and idea. Paint chip poetry – never would’ve thought of that. I may have to stop at Home Depot for some paint chips and give this a try. So cool.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Definitely join in! It’s a fun way to write.

  13. anita ferreri Avatar

    Like everyone else, I LOVE this poem and the idea of paint chip names! I admit I have painted walls based on names!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I think that’s a totally reasonable way to pick a paint color!

  14. carwilc Avatar

    I don’t think I have painted in awhile. These names are amazing. You make me want to make a trip to Home Depot to look at colors. I want to see if I can pull this off! This one definitely works- I think you could do a whole series about different places the cats sleep.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I had actually thought about 31 days of cat poems but worry about sustaining a poetry project for that long. You could paint chip poem some dog poems quite easily too. I was pretty happy to find a color called “Release the Hounds”!

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