Cover Art #dpchallenge #photography

 

Can you imagine the cover art to your next book?

I have- I even have the back picked out.

The front is the smiling faces of Liberian children and the back is a the back of a sand filled canoe paddling away (also Liberian).

What makes a good cover? I think if your cover can draw the reader or listener in then it’s done its job.

 

 

 

  My Three books would be entitled:

 1-Catching the Wind

(Poetry inspired by the High Sea)

2- Died Red

( horror mystery you choose)

3 – Tying the Knot – for lasting relationships

(self-help or murder mystery )

 

The WordPress Daily Challenge this week is Cover Art.  imagine which of your images you would like to see gracing the cover of a book, an album, or a magazine.

This was way too much fun!

The Surreal Marriage in Hell #art #poetry #horror

 

 

Hell Bosch

I was married in hell

to the man who rolled dice

who dependent on the number

slept with women “oh how nice”

*

Their bodies were the cure

for misogynism so it seems

he loved to dissect them

carry parts off in his dreams

*

turn the crank

do my bidding

you there woman

naked only, where you’re sitting

*

a tree branch is as successful

at eating sweet cake

but where I come from in Kansas

what you’re doing is rape

*

” there is consolation in this”

things seems to be warming

I stand off and I smile

but you’re heedless to the warning

*

I’m looking askance

as you devour that body

you will choke on her flesh

your face reflects haughty

*

cockroaches seem not to mind

when a pit is ahead

warm places to breed

in the bodies of the dead

~mdw

Are you familiar with the artist Hieronymous Bosch? It’s been a long while since I looked deep into his paintings.

I have to admit I was always uncertain about his message. I do know that he painted many pictures of Hell.

Different art historians looked at his work and message quite differently: from nightmarish dreams, to the inventor of monsters, to a Dutch painter who painted from the medieval  notions contrasting good and evil.

I believe Bosch was a solitary figure only 7 paintings bear the signature of the artist. There are more in his style that are attributed to the artist, but there is a belief that there are more works that he is not given credit for.  His late 15th century art conveys  an early sense of the surreal much like that of Salvador Dali who would paint unforgettable (but still hard to understand) images 400 years later.

I hope that Bosch leaves you a bit uncomfortable. I believe that was his intention.

Nightmarish dreams works for me…

gerard-david-01

This painting is by Dutch painter Gerard David a contemporary of Bosch. The paintings of the day were flat nativity scenes and portraiture.

Bosch was definitely ahead of his time and maybe uncomfortable with his artist genius.

Please join me next week as I’ll spend the week creating a mosaic of dark art and contemporary horror writing. Tis the season …

Lonely Pmpkin #nature #photography #haiku

pumpkins

longing for someone
I sit by the gate and draw
eyebrows on a melon

© Shiba Sonome

feeling alone
lost in the woods around Edo -
just the autumn wind

© Yozakura

*

 Lost in the crowd

leaning against a pumpkin

making faces

*

Fall sun rises

eyes gaze at nothing there

cold mornings and nights

like satin

The prompt for  Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem – Longing for Someone 

Beyond the Shadows #haiku #photography

Toady at  Carpe Diem –  Garry Gay shares his impressions of autumn and Halloween.

 

Here is an example of thinking out side of the box or misdirection.

My skeleton
going for a walk
in the cemetery

©Garry Gay

This poem has both a subject of death, yet a dash of humor. A misdirection if you will as my skeleton is still living yet visiting the graveyard. Enjoy the environment of the rich colors and creepy Halloween decorations of October and create your on haunting misdirection’s.

graves

following shadows

graveyard keeps its secrets

night for pranksters

 

A complicated prompt by Garrry Gay  today at Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem – Outside the box/ Misdirection 

I Write in Blood #poetry #middleeast

penned in blood

While you pen in ink

I am writing this down in blood

dipping my quill in life spent

that’s still steamy

from the day’s killing

I am not a writer of fiction

these words are fact

I write what I see

a building full of people

the doors are chained from the outside

the henchmen smile

they love the sound of terror

gasoline and fire such a beautiful sight

one of the black garbed men taunts

flinging the red tongues

the flames lick higher and higher

extinguishing life, hope, dreams

the joke is on you

with each life you dispel

the darkness on the outside

claims what was good on the inside

the wraith will have no home

nothing to claim

 flames will consume  his soul

 

…And we just sit back while innocent people who live life quietly are being targeted losing their homes, herded like cattle  and killed.

 

 

Plop… #friendship #haiku

 

autumn ripples

walk river edges

 circles ripple and collide

full of skipping stones

 

This haiku the theme River Stones is dedicated to each of the fantastic people (friends) at Chevrefeuille’s Carpe Diem.

This Haiku is full of symbols: River edges = life, ripple = friendship, skipping stones=haiku

Thanks to Kristjaan Panneman for creating an environment full of warm ripples and skipping stones.