Stories in my head #poetry

golden fountain

spillway of imagination

words turbulent and frenzied

the hero anxious in the wings

 villain threatens with aplomb

a hushed sense of what’s next

blood and tears fall

innocence fleas the shadowed way

a woman saves the day

the sun rises all is well

time  is small in my hand

I brandish my weapon

 pen cuts through the marrow

***

Hours with sand and paint

dust particles tease the light

my mind writes

The prompt this week at Poet’s United is Conquest (or Conqueror). The writer holds so much in her hand – the pen a mighty weapon.

 

Space the final… #onewordprompt #fiction #amwriting

space shuttle

I packed my bags and my books

looking back my spaceship shook

always forward never back

all I need in my backpack

letting go of things behind

journey toward the edge of time

space was once the final frontier

but now its just a normal year

thrusters on toward dreams

looking forward to space ice cream

Today’s One Word Prompt  at WordPress – “Journey”

Clouds #onewordprompt #poetry

breaking through clouds

my eyes radiate your blue

toes long to dance on white fluffiness

fingers spin imaginary cotton candy

 tease us as you form animal shapes

dancing on sky’s dance floor with ease

elusive are your sweet offerings

What do you think of when you behold clouds?

 

Today’s One word prompt at WordPress  is Clouds

Childhood Memories #atozchallenge

paint palette

color in the memories

painful black and white

 reality is so cold

mix the paint

makes it right

swirl acrylic

round and round

covers the hurt

helps lost to be found

color in the memories

no more black and white

cover the memories

it’ll be alright

***

I’ve worked with enough children who were abused, thrown away, tormented to candy coat pain. Children have an amazing resilience to pain perhaps it’s the imagination that can erase awful memories. Just think how wonderful those imaginations are without pain.

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Imagine the Real #poetry

breaking through clouds

Fiddling with the superball in my pocket

wondering if it can touch the cloud overhead

I want to go the places it can reach

I want to soar high overhead

Listening to the footsteps in the plaza

a villanous plot from hundreds of years ago

hiding beneath my black cape

takes me places I wish to go

Backing up or going forward

so many things my imagination allows me to see

and all the while I am wondering

who the real me today might be

Pablo_Picasso,_1910,_Woman_with_Mustard_Pot_(La_Femme_au_pot_de_moutarde),_oil_on_canvas,_73_x_60_cm,_Gemeentemuseum,_The_Hague._Exhibited_at_the_Armory_Show,_New_York,_Chicago,_Boston_1913

“Everything you can imagine is real” — Pablo Picasso

is the prompt today for A Prompt Each Day

Painting: “Pablo Picasso, 1910, Woman with Mustard Pot (attribution here.)

Friday Feature – Andrew Wyeth #wyeth #art

 

Friday Feature is Back this Fall. Enjoy a month of Art!!!

Friday Feature art

wyeth

After enjoying the Andrew Wyeth exhibit at the National Gallery, I fell in love with this artist. As a student of art (and art history), I have been in love with Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Monet, Degas, and several locally renowned artists.

Why do we love art or their creators?

Well I can say with Monet it was because I would dream of the places he painted. Degas it was the people he caught midstream in their daily life. With Wyeth, I feel I have been in those  places (some painful) and written about them. In many of his paintings, though there is no human presence, you feel something or someone there. Wyeth  creates from  emotion: Sorrow, elation, discovery were as much a part of his palette as the paint was. In reading more about Wyeth and his upbringing ,I could relate in part to his way with art; he was very secretive about his work and kept others from seeing him working for fear of being disconcerted and putting the project away. Growing up as the artist’s daughter, I felt the same trepidation. I realize now that it may not have been the fear of disapproval as much as it was the inability to produce. For from the artist’s hand something must flow or life becomes like a polluted dammed up stream. I realize why I have an instinctive love for Wyeth – he had to find his own niche as an artist away from his famous father.

andrew-wyeth

If you are familiar with his series of paintings Christina’s World than you also know that these paintings are inspired by a neighbor who had polio. His famous painting of her in the field is his depiction of her as she crawled in the field from one farm to the other. I am awed by his study of this woman. He gives a woman who lived her life in a wheelchair value during a time that such a woman would be easily overlooked (even degraded).

As I sat for hours looking at his work, I thought of Edgar Allen Poe’s writings where there are dark things hidden in the edges  of daylight. Wyeth’s angles remind me of the countless angles shot by Alfred Hitchcock – drawing the eye and imagination into a place they cannot escape. What lurks in Wyeth’s corners? What stories are left untold that can wander in our imagination weaving dark webs where retreat is impossible.

My artist mother has often conveyed that meaningful work comes out of trial, suffering, or hardship. For Wyeth it seemed pages of pastoral images fluttered forward: his father died and he entered a time where death emerged from his wheat fields. There seemed to be messengers speaking of death in his paintings. If I could interview Wyeth, I believe he would say that “growth of expression occurred.” An untested palette is just paint after all.

So I pose the question of the writer, the poet, the photographer: Has a difficulty or hardship caused your artistic expression to explode like the pine cone that sets forth its seeds of life during a consuming forest fire? Where/ when have you seen tremendous growth or change in your work?

Enjoy art for art’s sake and for the inspiration it offers.

“Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.”

~Edgar Allen Poe

Next week I have a special two part article of a french artist (Pierre Chalory) who painted 9/11. It’s been a delight to get to know this gifted artist. Check out Bold Magazine he is being featured in the September Issue!

 

 

All art work from WikiArt.Org WikiArt

The Key #poetry #photography #children

 

magical key

It opened so many doors

skeletal though in shape

my memories whirl

for a moment I escape

***

she had curly hair

a saucy cherub smile

she never got angry

well maybe once in a while

**

she gave me the key

it opened a world

my imagination

was unforgettably hurled

*

the day that she left

tears rose like the Sea

I wanted to lock

every sweet memory

**

now this hangs to remind

of the door to her heart

it never is closed

though we live far apart

****

The key above does in fact dangle off the handle off an antique. It originally opened the doors in my grandparent’s home.

My grandmother the queen of storytelling and opening the imagination of a small girl.

This week’s prompt for Poet’s United Midweek Motif  is Key

I also pulled this short story from my archives. This is the type story my grandmother would have told.

shiny key 1

The boy’s hands had been frozen cold by the snow. He shivered wondering if he had the strength to return home. He looked at the key. So tiny yet full of life; he could feel it. As the gold key turned in the box, the key began to grow and glow. “I am warm,” the boy said in cheerful surprise.

The fire he had hoped for sprung up around the key, but the boy was brave and touched the fire without being burned. He now knew this was no common key.

Though many people in the presence of magic ask for something to ease their lot, the boy was content to hold the warm key and box. The box got heavier until the boy reluctantly set it down on the ground. He held fast to the curious box fearful it would vanish.

The box became hot as it ignited from the key’s glow. The boy continued to hold on tight. As the flame grew more intense, the box, which revealed itself to be pure gold, became clear like glass. The boy expectantly peered inside. The only thing he could see was a plain gold ring. He reached in through the fire, grasped the flame filled ring, and placed it on his finger.

An onlooker would have seen a most magnificent thing on that cold frosty morn. A key, a box, and a ring transformed a boy to a knight. The glow about him melted the snow. A kaleidoscope of color mingled with the fire,  flowers sprung from the impotent earth, fruit sprouted on nearby trees, and life that had so long ago departed returned to the barren land.

Little did this simple boy know that he was chosen by the key for a mission. The knight would save many downtrodden soul in the cold, unrelenting world and provide golden hope for the besieged. Long after the knight was gone stories would be told, through the land, of the knight who carried warmth for all in his heart.

 

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The Golden Key by the Fairy Tale masters the Grimm Brothers is the preface to this story.

To the Future and Back Again #poetry #childhood #dpchallenge

magical book

When as a child

where did dreams with you fly?

did you ride dragons

 were you a double agent spy?

*

Did the Orient Express

carry you in style?

 were you philosophic

 pondering life all the while

*

Did your nose always

end in books

where you followed wizards

hobbits with the name of Took?

*

Would you see the world

from outer space

or march to a drum beat

always in place?

*

Over electron  microscope

did you faithfully stand

peering beneath cells

the smallest though very grand?

*

No matter the consonant

or silent vowel

the dreams you dreamed

awakened in willowed hollow

*

The life you lived

is who you’d be

time to dream again

try it you’ll see

 

The wordpress daily post writing prompt for today is Future’s Past.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? How close or far are you from that vision?

Well honestly I haven’t stopped dreaming yet.

 

weekly-photo-challenge-layers #photography #poetry

Between the pages

my words are captive

you’ve seen them

thousands of times

but did you know

they were mine?

*

My eyes seek

Beyond the layers

boxes, cubes

flat and round

plants, glass, concrete

reaching for the sky

*

Reflection’s sea

silence is frozen

in a watery world

today you are a mill

tomorrow a waterfall

what the imagination finds

The photography challenge at Word Press this week is Layers. There were so many great opportunities to take pictures of layers this weekend – inside and outside.

And these are just a few photo layers for the week:

    1. A grownup is a child with layers on | @ The West Gate
    2. 11-16-13 Weekly Photo Challenge – Layer | The Quotidian Hudson
    3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Getting the Picture
    4. Peeling Back the Layers | Travel with Intent
    5. Weekly Photo Challenge-Layers | WoollyMuses
    6. Peeling Back the Layers | The Wanderlust Gene
    7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Someday I Will Learn
    8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | WryGrass
    9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | nancy merrill photography
    10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Overcoming Bloglessness
    11. Layers- weekly photo challenge | pdjpix
    12. FALLING IN LAYERS | bluebrightly
    13. Weekly Photo Challenge–Layers | All Resource
    14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Holoholo Girls
    15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | marsocmom
    16. Nature’s Layered Canvas | Virginia Views
    17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Southern Sea Muse
    18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | The Serenity Space
    19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Wahine Wednesdays
    20. Layers: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge | Kanlaon
    21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Lonely Travelog
    22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | mamacormier
    23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layer upon Layer upon Layer | Life with Tess
    24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Random Acts of Photography
    25. Weekly Photo Challenge-Layers | Jejak Langkah
    26. Layered to Perfection, Lacquer Art from India | Life is a Vacation
    27. potro | tucaballotumejoramigo.wordpress.com
    28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers « blogagaini
    29. Weekly Photography Challenge: Layers | sukies original
    30. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Fog | Harry Makertia | The Journey
    31. Weekly Photo Challenge: A Time-warp Hiding in Stone | dark circles, etc
    32. Layers Of Lego For Layers Of Hope For The Philippines | this man’s journey
    33. Pretty Little Layers! | Inception
    34. Rome and its layered history | shutter + bliss
    35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Widya’s world
    36. lighter | yi-ching lin photography
    37. Cloud layers: missing the big skies | Zimmerbitch: age is just a (biggish) number
    38. weekly photo challenge: layers | Wood Rabbit Journey
    39. Week in Review/ What Is Your Favorite? | I see beauty all around by rob paine
    40. Leafy layers | LynnSlyWrites
    41. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Travel Monkey
    42. Weekly Photo Challenge – Layers / Travel Theme – Short | Travels and Trifles
    43. Layered Burger | Colline’s Blog
    44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | roastbeefandrakija
    45. Weekly Photo Challenge: //////ayers/////// | V A S T L Y C U R I O U S
    46. travels with toby
    47. Weekly Photo Challenge – Layers | travels with toby
    48. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | In Love With Words!
    49. weekly photo challenge: layers | hereisandrea
    50. The Yummy Rainbow Cake | The Harlequin Tea Set
    51. 191. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Sofie’s Diary
    52. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | northumbrian : light
    53. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Mrs. Lanik’s Photo-a-Week Blog
    54. Layering With Fire | An Upturned Soul
    55. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Pilot Fish
    56. Rainy Car Windows | Life In The Passenger Seat
    57. Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit | Picture the Pretty
    58. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Picture the Pretty
    59. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
    60. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers (Water, Roads and Lines) | What’s (in) the picture?
    61. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Lipgloss and a Backpack
    62. Weekly Photo Challenge – Lairs and Layers | The Road Less Paved
    63. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Kelly Kuhn
    64. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Layers… | Lakshmi Loves To Shop
    65. Weekly Photo Challenge | Layers | the Lady with the Layered Frames | the TRASH BASH
    66. Layers | The numpty with a camera and a laptop
    67. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | The corner of my imagination
    68. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Webcentrick’s PhotoBlog
    69. App layers on a visit | follow your nose
    70. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | My Photolanguage
    71. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Memory Catcher
    72. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Write Through Life
    73. weekly photo challenge: layers | nomad, interrupted
    74. Beautiful Great Blue Heron Shyly Hides Her Eyes Under Layers of Feathers on Silent Sunday | Babsje Heron
    75. weekly photo challenge: layers | Curls n Skirls
    76. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Blogging Vogging…
    77. Weekly Photo Challenge – Layers (Made from Scratch Carrot Cake) | Points of View
    78. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers « Hearing His Voice
    79. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers – Clouds over Ras Al Khaimah | Top of the Tent
    80. Weekly Photo Challenge : Layers « Jejak-jejak yang Terserak
    81. weekly photo challenge : layers | Time To Be Inspired
    82. Macro Monday – A Rose and a Variation | Ron Mayhew’s Blog
    83. Layers- Weekly Photo Challenge | Bileam se Donkie
    84. Cranberry Apple Pie – EyeSlobber photo by Kate Adamick Photography
    85. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers: Layers of time | Lavender Moon Girl’s Blog
    86. Layers intertwining | See Diving
    87. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Across the Bored
    88. Breathtaking Egret Wing for Wordless Saturday | Babsje Heron
    89. Weekly Photo Challenge : Layers | I see beauty all around by rob paine
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    91. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Pinkpodster Ponders
    92. Powers of Observation, or Lack Thereof | Required Writing
    93. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Never clip my wings
    94. The Lush Layers Of Llangollen | Taking One Day At A Time
    95. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Last Train to QVille
    96. Layers | A New Day
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    98. Weekly Photo Challenge : Layers in Architecture | I see beauty all around by rob paine
    99. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Far Away In The Sunshine
    100. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | jennsmidlifecrisis
    101. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Foto Challenge
    102. Weekly photo challenge -layers | Change Is Hard
    103. Double wisteria blossoms | Summerfield84’s English blog
    104. Nature’s Layers | Aislynn’s World
    105. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Pat and Al’s Adventure Continues…
    106. Phoneography Weekly: Look straight ahead | We Live In A Flat
    107. Weekly Daily Photo: Layers | Here & Abroad
    108. Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers | Life of a Minister Mom
    109. WPC: LAYERS « MY WALL
    110. Weekly Photo Challenge: Guess These B&W Layers | Humbled Pie
    111. Layers – WPhotoC | Ouch!! My back hurts!!

For the love of… Food #poetry #photography

wine with the meal

My senses tell me first

something fragrant is stirring

I try not to imagine what the neighbor is cooking

my salivary glands haven’t a care they’re not looking

spicy, strong smells fill the air

*

carried away on a magic carpet

distant lands of curries and cayenne peppers

autumn colors of paprika and tumeric

dark green courgette, deep purple eggplant, and regal red onion’s sweet array

my imagination is teased with the colorful display

*

Camels loaded with untold wares

a caravan from the east

great cooks of the world plan their feast

impatiently I await gustatorial delights

*

Putting my watering  mouth into check

my rolled carpet beneath one arm

a Merlot to wet our lips

I gather my glass, green salad and my wits

always a welcome guest

magic carpet

The prompt at Verse First today is to write about food. I hope you can smell the spices as they take an Eastern journey.