Thursday, November 13, 2014

I'll Paint You a Poem!

My beloved Wickanninish

With these keys, I will paint you
a honeydew melon patch at the far side of summer,
draped in dew-kissed webs, the spidery artist 
long-gone on its trembling legs.
I will sketch for you a patch of shy fiddlehead ferns,
unfurling delicately, blushing green, 
to the tender song of the brook.
I will paint you a sky-high sun over the mountains,
so you may clearly see the path of the waterfall down its slopes,
and I will colour in perfect puffy storybook clouds,
birds of many colours,
a rock covered with growling, barking sea lions,
and a gray whale, leaping, far out at sea.

if you are still not sated, wait one instant more,
and I will, with a flourish,
create for you a star-flung sky
just before midnight, frost crackling underfoot,
scent of wood-smoke on the almost-winter air,
and I will pencil in the faint sleepy cry 
of an owl going into its burrow
just before dawn.


Sunrise over Tofino Inlet

For Victoria's cool prompt at dVerse: paint me a poem! She asks us to accompany it with whatever artistic medium we use to illustrate our poems. I am only able to draw funny pictures for the little ones, so my "medium", as such, is photography. But truly, it is nature who does all the work.


27 comments:

  1. So like the weather we are having this autumn - clear, crisp as nature revolves. You put me right there in the trees with the brook and stars above.

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  2. Such a nice poem and everyone would love to be the part of this painting.

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  3. every word echoes the speaker's love for the place making it a perfect paradise..beautiful..

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  4. nice... love that you even embed scent.. tackling the senses... amazing how word can paint whole scenes and how they bring things alive..

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  5. Each of these paintings is a pleasure, because it derives from your pleasures. One who looks deeply and drinks all of nature in can bring others there everytime. Bravo.

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  6. Nature with its immense beauty and color reaches the heart and soul Lovely write and Paint...Sherry you are an artist ...!

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  7. So beautiful Sherry! Did you see the article in Vanity Fair? Perhaps Van Gosh was murdered instead of suicide?

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  8. What a beautiful picture you have painted...I want to step right into it and breathe it's essence. Lovely!

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  9. Sherry, this is a wonderful poem, full of lovely images. Among many, I particularly loved "a honeydew melon patch at the far side of summer,"

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  10. My lovely neighbor to the north, my partner in poetics, in word smithing, in painting with the beauteous language that swells up within by just being immersed in the natural splendor of where you reside; a stirring, sensual, accurate picture you painted, & the last stanza is killer.

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  11. Loving song it is, Sherry. I esp. love "I will sketch for you a patch of shy fiddlehead ferns,
    unfurling delicately, blushing green,
    to the tender song of the brook." ~ the sounds here - so musical! Have to read it aloud! x

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  12. Oh what beauty.. those colors of nature.. but It's the inclusion of the owl that speaks most to me.. (and the photo is gorgeous).

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  13. Oh Sherry, the images in this are just delicious. A fiddlehead fern sky--how perfect is that! I could go on and on but I'd just have to copy and paste the poem. This is a keeper!

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  14. This is a beautiful poem Sherry. It made me happy to read it. I love the photos. I had never focused on it per se, but realize now that you take some really good pictures.

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  15. love how you started in the garden... a fine place for art and took us to the skies...

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  16. Great photo. Beautiful autumn images of a loved place.

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  17. Your beautiful words paint a picture as lovely as they are. I can only paint in words and photography, too, but both of those draw wonderful pictures, too.

    janet

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  18. Oh my - what a wonderful painter you are! I could see every stroke with each scene revealed - lovely!

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  19. Oh wow, Sherry, this is just exquisite!

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  20. You paint beautifully with words, Sherry!

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  21. Your photography is gorgeous, as is your poem. I especially love the first line and the closing:
    "and I will pencil in the faint sleepy cry
    of an owl going into its burrow
    just before dawn."

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  22. I loved this, Sherry. You are an artist with your words and your photography.

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  23. Beautifully composed Sherry, love all those images you paint with your words.

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  24. I love the picture of nature you paint Sherry...ahhhh to sit under that star filled sky!

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  25. That's great Sherry! Painting or photography are perfect media and you 'painted' it brilliantly. Nature is always poetry friendly and it works very well here!

    Hank

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Thank you so much. I will be over to see you soon!