The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected. ~Swedish Proverb
Hi Creative Friends,
“Receiving unexpected poetry means
someone is paying attention.”
~April Mae Monterrosa
The moon moans in monotony,
once again completing her monthly rounds like clockwork,
never expecting anything different from the wax and the wane,
the tides and the time tables.
Every now and then a eclipse, sometimes a half moon
like a Picasso ice cream cone
moves silently through the exhalation of night
Never knowing how much her beauty
Is embraced by the adoring world below.
There are musical flowers,
flying liked boxed vibrations in cursive flight
an afternoon buzz,
soaring over the Don’t Fence Me Inn,
crazy notes, a flying landscape, a carnival,
finding any direction but the one they’re used to,
making unexpected poetry
fill with beauty
but never needing to know why.
One of the exercises I designed for my retreats is to instruct everyone to scribble and then play with names and captions for those scribbles. A vast variety of titles lead to unexpected poetry arrives because titles of abstract art are similar to poetic descriptions. Writing and art conspire to find a new world away from the craziness that can sometimes make our ends split, cause constipation and yes, crankiness.
A few of favorites from the Taos retreat from which I just returned from were responsible for the poem above. Imagine what these scribbles looked like:
don’t fence me Inn
picasso ice cream
fretting without a guitar
where to put this energy
Even playing in a rough draft with low expectations, my attention falls away from the rut to possibility, soothes my soul with the artfulness of words, escapes the weirdness out there by creating a whimsical world where moons have feelings, a much better playground than melancholia and the media.
Simply ask… Where might I find unexpected poetry this week? And then look for evidence.
Or play with the words above in your own poetic play. Pick one or more as a title or combine them and see where they take YOU. Send me what you come up with. I want to see. ~Jill
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Look around, there's a poem, or a painting, or a Picasso ice cream cone waiting for you to find it,
Jill Badonsky, M.Ed. is head muse of the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training founded in 2004, multimedia artist, yoga teacher, and author/illustrator of four books on creativity.
Uses ellipses irresponsibly... . ....... ...
<Seen here with one of her drawings.