Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 297

For this week’s prompt, write a patchwork poem. Patches are literally everywhere–in quilts, on clothes, and hey, even bandages and tape are a sort of patch. Then, there are the patches we place on our hearts, souls, and spirits. Cabbage patches, patching through for communication, and the more one thinks about patches the more one realizes they are all around us, holding us together.


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Here’s my attempt at a Patchwork Poem:


she wears a dress made of patches
& each patch on that dress matches

the feeling she got the first chance
that she gave him with each romance

he had with some other woman
because he came back a new man

at least those were his intentions
but they fell through as I mentioned

her white dress covered in patches
& each patch on that dress matches

all of her new second chances
to that guy whose love entrances

& she knows that he will wrong her
but she’ll hold out a bit longer


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304 thoughts on “Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 297

  1. Juanita Lewison-Snyder

    “There is no blue without yellow and without orange.” — Vincent Van Gogh

    patch of orange
    by juanita lewison-snyder

    this patch of orange
    poppies, swaying gently
    in a field surrounded
    by van gogh cows,
    their cloven hooves
    holding elongated faces
    against a darkening starry sky
    of cerulean blue.

    in the distance
    a wind beaten tree
    in a wheat field lined with crows,
    bear witness to this
    self-portrait with a straw hat
    and a pair of shoes
    the color of bread crust,
    too weary with sorrow
    to immortalize itself
    within the dusk of
    this poet’s garden.

    oh what i wouldn’t give
    for a patch of orange
    at eternity’s gate…

    © 2015 by Juanita Lewison-Snyder

    1. Juanita Lewison-Snyder

      NOTE: Funny thing happened when I “googled” the word patch….it led me to Van Gogh’s door, and ultimately to the idea of using a handful of titles from some of his more famous paintings as lines for a poem. See if you can guess some of the “hidden” titles…..

  2. taylor graham


    At the beginning, fields of hay uncut,
    smell of spring. Crossroads, barefoot
    waif whistling possibility, its patient
    wait. Wave as we pass, on the road
    in our vehicle of laminated dash and
    hope. Loss of power on an upgrade,
    thrill-ride coasting down. Hardtack
    rock on the radio – static – “Give me
    land, lots.” A farm-stand woman selling
    cabbages waves back at us. Last stop,
    cheap motel. A waif waits for tomorrow.


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