Day 15: Paint Chip Poetry #NaPoWriMo #playwithpoetryNPM


My #NaPoWriMo Poem-A-Day project is Playing With Poetry. I am tagging along with Margaret Simon, Jone MacCulloch, Molly Hogan, and Mary Lee Hahn. We will be playing with Haikubes, Magnetic Poetry, Metaphor Dice, and Paint Chip Poetry (I raided Home Depot).  I’m even throwing in nail polish color names as inspiration, just for fun! Play along, if you’d like! We are using the Twitter hashtag #playwithpoetryNPM to see what poetic mischief everyone is getting into.

My inspiration today is historical.

april morning rain/minutemen trudge through wet mud/freedom waits for all — Christie Wyman, 2019 (draft)

A peek into my poem and process:

  • We are in the process of selecting fun paint colors for several rooms of our house. I’ve had the Benjamin Moore Historical Colors leaflet all winter and am drawn to the shades with references to our local history. My dining room is about to become Concord Ivory! This lead me to…
  • Today is Patriot’s Day here in Massachusetts. The Stow Minutemen re-enactors group should have passed through my village (Maynard) about an hour ago on their way to the battle at Concord’s North Bridge, but is POURING outside with a flood advisory just posted. We didn’t hear their drums or muskets firing off as usual, so we are thinking they may have aborted their march and opted for a van ride to the events.
  • I’ve noticed my #playwithpoetry playmate, Margaret Simon, uses Word Swag often, so I decided to give that a go today instead of my usual Canva. I put the word “rain” in the search field and came up with some lovely rain drops. Thanks for the inspiration, Margaret!


And now for….

2019 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem

On April 1, the Poetry Friday family launched the 7th annual Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem organized by author/poet, Irene Latham. (Click here to learn more.) Many of us have signed up to provide a line for the 2019 poem. Author/poet Matt Forrest Esenwine kicked things off with some familiar “found” phrases merged to get us going. Today’s line comes from Robyn Hood Black. You can find her line here. Our little poem has finally taken flight! Participants are having fun song lyrics. I was excited to provide the 14th line yesterday, April 14th. You can read it here. I hope you’ll join us to see what happens! Here’s the itinerary for the rest of the poem.


1 Matt @Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme

2 Kat @Kathryn Apel

3 Kimberly @KimberlyHutmacherWrites

4 Jone @DeoWriter

5 Linda @TeacherDance

6 Tara @Going to Walden

7 Ruth @thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown

8 Mary Lee @A Year of Reading

9 Rebecca @Rebecca Herzog

10 Janet F. @Live Your Poem

11 Dani @Doing the Work that Matters

12 Margaret @Reflections on the Teche

13 Doraine @Dori Reads

14 Christie @Wondering and Wandering

15 Robyn @Life on the Deckle Edge

16 Carol @Beyond LiteracyLink

17 Amy @The Poem Farm

18 Linda @A Word Edgewise

19 Heidi @my juicy little universe

20 Buffy @Buffy’s Blog

21 Michelle @Michelle Kogan

22 Catherine @Reading to the Core

23 Penny @a penny and her jots

24 Tabatha @The Opposite of Indifference

25 Jan @Bookseestudio

26 Linda @Write Time

27 Sheila @Sheila Renfro

28 Liz @Elizabeth Steinglass

29 Irene @Live Your Poem

30 Donna @Mainely Write


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