Saturday, April 13, 2013

Two for One

I am behind on my poetry challenges. 

I decided to give Lolamouse's challenge a chance.  She asked us to write a Billy Collins type poem. He is good at flattery and making one walk the dangerous, teasing path.  More about Billy's style here.

Collins believes that poetry should be a part of everyday life. He introduced a school program called Poetry 180, an online poetry anthology for teachers to use with their students. It was named for the 180 days of the school year and for the 180 degree turn which Collins wants students to make toward poetry- listening rather than dissecting.(this shared by Miss Mouse)

I decide to also do Margaret's challenge.  Her daughter Chelsea provided us with art. I was inspired by another painting, till this poem jumped out at me.   I wonder what Chelsea thinks of our poetic view?! 


Margaret asked us to write how the art inspired us!  "I'm going to ask you to try and create a poem that is based on feelings rather than what image you may see - try not to see a person or animal, or a scene.  Try to write about how the art makes you feel."

I didn't do this right...so  I will attempt the art that attracted me first and try Corey's dialogue prompt-soon! 

 Magazine clippings, photography



Fragile morning arrives

Gold finch paints 
over tarnished mask

Peach blush covers your Earl Grey rain

Tightly stitched rose bud lips hide your evil doll grin

your mirror, mirror approves

of your siren-esque chiseled perfection

co$t of beauty charged

on plastic-for the Queen

© Ellen Wilson




27 comments:

  1. A morning made fragile by that stern mirror ~

    Good one Ella ~

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  2. cost of beauty charged on plastic..

    You have captured the angst that accompanies the stress of trying to conform to the so-called norms of modern life.

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  3. Kerry-It always haunts me when you see an older Hollywood siren all plastic and fake. There is something to be said for 'aging gracefully' than becoming an plastic doll.

    Grace-Yes, we all know how light can cast an evil shadow~ Thank you

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  4. Ella,
    Use plastic to pay for looking like plastic-so sad. You did a fantastic job with this work of art.

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    1. Thank you Lolamouse!
      I might try another attempt at this poet's style...mine
      isn't quite right~
      But thank you!
      :D

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  5. Wow, lots to think about here - well done, Ellie.

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    1. Thank you Sherry!
      I do see my mother these
      days, in my mirror ;D

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    1. Thank you Kay!
      :D
      I had fun writing it~

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  7. Not only does it take pain to be a beauty ... it takes $$$$$. I liked this one Ella.

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    1. Yes, this is the reality show I wanna see! Men surviving as women-hair, permed, curls, heels....waxing, tee,hee!

      Thank you :D

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  8. Oh, this is fabulous! Make up, masks...and what they cover - great write Ella.

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    1. Hi Mary,
      Yes, the great pretender!

      So glad most of us live in the real world :D
      Thank you~

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  9. Love the "Gold Finch paint," and "rosebud lips," fragile morning indeed. Written well Ella! :) @>---->---

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    1. Yes, very fragile!
      Fake seem to rule in the world of gold
      pedestal type birds~

      Thank you Hannah!
      SS/TT

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  10. "Your Earl Grey rain," magnificent. I wrote to the same image, and it's amazing how different (and how much the same) they are.

    Well done, Ella, good on you! Amy

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    1. Hi Amy,

      I know it was cool to read yours~
      I felt empowered :D

      Thank you~
      I know right!!!
      @>----------

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  11. Well expressed, Ella. It is a shame that even so many young people now are opting for using plastic for plastic. I do prefer natural at every age.

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    1. Thanks Mary, it is true and very sad~

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  12. Suggestions and allusions to conjure with. Like this very much.

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    1. Hi Dave
      Thank you so much!
      Much to conjure with all of those allusions~
      ;D

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  13. Me thinks you are an artist with an artist's eye :) Fragile perfection... I think sums this poem up - and what a magnificent take! Thank you. She had so much fun reading these and I will let her know another was added!

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    1. Thank you Margaret so much!
      Seeing Chelsea's awe inspiring art makes me want to paint again!
      @>---------- It was a great challenge! I love how you paint with light!!!

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