Day 21: 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.

Inspiration for today’s poem

The Egg Hunt

A peek into my poem and process:

  • Today’s poem celebrates two firsts for me: my first narrative poem and my first attempt at quatrain. A double Easter miracle!
  • Inspiration comes at the oddest times and places, n’est-ce pas? I was in the hardware store picking up a bag of charcoal for our grill yesterday afternoon. The paint section in the far corner of the store caught my eye. I’ve been in there so many times, but have never noticed the Benjamin Moore paint chip display! We have a proper Ben Moore paint store nearby, so we’ve never bought paint at this hardware store. I had to take a look. The purple easter egg chip caught my eye and straight away I new I needed to tell a story about that special egg. Voila! A narrative poem for Easter Sunday.
  • My family insists on some type of lemony dessert to follow up our Easter lamb. Lemon meringue pie is a favorite, although I’m trying out a Limoncello Cake this year that’s smothered with lemon curdy-mascarpone cheese-whipped cream goodness!
  • It wasn’t until I started scribbling in my notebook that my poem began to nudge me towards rhyme. The quatrain began to flow…with a little poetry midwifery, of course.



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 poet/artist Michelle Kogan. You may find her line here on her blog. Our little poem is now waltzing in the waves. Participants are having fun song lyrics. I was excited to provide the 14th line on April 14th. You can read it here. I hope you’ll join us to see what happens next! 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