Words and Paint

NaPoWriMo, Day 28

The prompt today deals with:

“the concept of meta-poems – which are poems about poems! In this video, the poets Al Fireis, Lily Applebaum, Dave Poplar, and Camara Brown discuss Emily Dickinson’s ‘We learned the Whole of Love.’ …

And now for our daily (optional) prompt. As you may have guessed, today I’d like to challenge you to try your hand at a meta-poem of your own.

So this is maybe not a proper meta-poem, but after watching about half of the video provided as a resource, this is the impression I was left with:


Words and Paint

Large canvas yawns on studio floor
Cigarette ash lengthens with neglect
Eye sizes up canvas and looks for inspiration
Brushes, paints, splatters, spills
Colors, contrasts, movement, perspective

Figure steps back, surveys result
Artist, art? Crafts-person, handiwork?
Custodian, drop cloth?

♦ ♦ ♦

Blank page of crisp, white paper
Pen taps desk, ink smears
Hand looms over paper and waits for direction
Verbs, nouns, phrases, thoughts
Colors, contrasts, movement, perspective

Figure lifts page, reads and reworks
Poet, poetry? Wordsmith, story?
Shopper, grocery list?

♦ ♦ ♦

Canvas is framed, hung on wall in gallery
Viewers study the painting
Discuss what the artist intended
with each brush stroke or nuanced hue.

Writing is published in journal
Readers study the piece
Discuss word choice and tenor
Delve into the poet’s mindset and meaning.

♦ ♦ ♦

Custodian goes in search of missing drop cloth.
Shopper wonders where they misplaced their list.

About Maggie C

Stained glass artist, writer, respecter of life.
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12 Responses to Words and Paint

  1. Peggy Lemmer says:

    Big smile!! I doubt that an artist could create anything without a sense of humor and the ability to laugh at him/herself.

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    • Maggie C says:

      I dunno. It does seem the more serious the poem, the less I understand it. And the more famous the poet.


      • Peggy Lemmer says:

        You do have a point there, but I tend to like the more humble, optimistic approaches to poetry and prose.

        “If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
        Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
        Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
        And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:”


        “Lives of great men all remind us
        We can make our lives sublime,
        And, departing, leave behind us
        Footprints on the sands of time;”

        Besides, a grocery list and a soup can have a lot in common. 🙂


  2. memadtwo says:

    I’m not big on overanalyzing things either. Good one! (K)

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I loved this one! The way your words flowed and connected two forms of creativity is amazing! Stupendous writing !

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Hehe, great. Just how it felt.

    If you have a look at my poem, you’ll see that I lasted half way as well. 😀 I wonder if anybody finished it.

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  5. Smitha V says:

    Ha ha…exactly how I felt. It comes. It goes. And when I write it, I wonder how the reader would be analyzing the word choices. Lovely!

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