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Musings: Color Me Poetic…?

18/10/2012

“The only difference between me and a madman is that I’m not mad.” Salvador Dali

Musings: Color Me Poetic…? Autumn leaves

Musings: Color Me Poetic…? Flying pig

Musings: I’m Not A Poet…

I’m Not A Poet… I Just Act Like One… And Bob’s my Uncle! 😉

Floating tree, floating tree,
show me your autumn leaves.
I met you on the Champs-Élysées
But you pretend it was in Tennessee

Flying pigs, flying pigs
I heard you exist.
I’d worry if chicken grow teeth
or cows sing a Gangnam Style hit…

Musings: Color Me Poetic…?

Add more color to your life. All on a light note.  The creative process isn’t so linear… I wanted to use this post to share how snatches of thoughts with a dash of color, add to the development of an idea, a post, or  an artistic project. The work is never truly finished. What’s your take/observation? More below!

“Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.” Yogi Berra

Musings: Color Me Poetic…? Blue moon

Musings: Color Me Poetic…?

Musings: I’m Not A Poet…

Blue moon, Blue moon
I thought you were for real
Who knew you were a metaphor
for a rare romantic thrill

Juicy Jay, Tacky Tee
You no longer surprise me.
You’ve perfected the art of lying
So “go scratch” works fine for me

Oh, and Bob’s my Uncle! 😉

Have a playful, restful weekend!
What are your thoughts? What do you hear when you truly listen to poetry? Do you write it or struggle with it? Does adding a touch of humor help you share difficult subjects? Do share! Thank you. :-)

*Please bear with me as I catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! :-)

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Writing Challenge: A Splash Of Color  For this Weekly Writing Challenge, we’d like to see you incorporate a splash of color into your posts. Need a few ideas to get started? Write a post inspired by a color:Titling a post “Blue” is likely to trigger some immediate emotions in your readers. They will expect the post to be about something sad or sorrowful, or maybe even related to a wedding (“Something borrowed, something blue”). The point is, colors trigger specific feelings and connotations. Take a color and use the feeling it evokes as a jumping off point for your story and see where it takes you.

Highlight color in a story or event: Good storytelling is in the details. Tell us a tale with a particular focus on your surroundings, using vivid and colorful language. At your family picnic last year, were the trees just green or were they just a vibrant green color that they almost seemed to glow like neon?

Insert color into your posts: Are you a painter, an artist, a handyperson, or into DIY projects? How about literally inserting a splash of color into your posts through photos, describing how the colors make you feel or the story behind your series.

Positive Motivation Tip: Poetry is not as easy to write as it seems… Follow your muse and keep an open heart and mind. Add color.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Autumn leaves, Salvadore Dali,  Flying pig, Blue moon, Flying catsGangnam Style, Colored bottles by FUNKY Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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50 Comments leave one →
  1. 19/10/2012 5:11 am

    Naturally I like the coke bottles, because I totally react on colourful things. Although I’m a writer and studied German philology I’m not very much into poetry. I think I like that kind of poetry that doesn’t take itself too serious most, like Joachim Ringelnatz.

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    • 22/10/2012 11:25 pm

      Glad you loved the coke bottles… and responded to my poem. I push myself to open new doors and walk in.
      Sleep well… 😉

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  2. 19/10/2012 5:26 am

    The Color Me Poetic is a wonderful and fun way to express it. 😉

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  3. 19/10/2012 5:56 am

    Those Coke bottles are so pretty! 🙂

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  4. 19/10/2012 7:47 am

    As a visual artist I have found the most people respond to color but there is still a smaller but loyal group who love black and white.

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    • 22/10/2012 11:47 pm

      Indeed. Black and white can be so powerful in some ways. I love old b&w photos… TY!

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  5. Veronica Roth permalink
    19/10/2012 8:23 am

    Elizabeth, I love those photos of Dali! I’m not a colour person at all but somehow it’s colour that shows up most in my photographs. Maybe it’s time for a series of B/W. 🙂 Poetry…yes…do you ever do the Sunday Whirls? I love them. It’s so much easier, well, for me in my hectic life, to have those 12 words as a starting point. Kind of de-blanks the blank canvas for me. I usually ever write in free verse. I guess it’s a comfort thing and a satisfying medium for me to get my emotions out. Funny what we end up being comfortable with, isn’t it?

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    • 22/10/2012 11:49 pm

      I’d love to see your b&w series… What are the Sunday Whirls? Do share… TY! 🙂

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      • Veronica Roth permalink
        23/10/2012 8:11 am

        Happily Elizabeth, Sunday Whirls are a poetry challenge where 12 words are supplied each Sunday and the challenge is to use those words in a poem of some kind. I’m almost always writing free verse. You can find the link at: http://sundaywhirl.wordpress.com/ and, if you “like” on FB then you get the words on Saturday. I like it because I love to write poetry but don’t have time and so this makes me write something…you know…like a creative release just for fun and not for work. There are links from my site to it too. 🙂

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      • 23/10/2012 9:07 am

        Thank you for the information… I’ll check it out. I’m not much of a poetry writer even though I used to when I was younger… But I could give it a whirl once in a while to keep my brain functioning. TY! 🙂

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  6. Catherine Johnson permalink
    19/10/2012 8:52 am

    I love the intensity and fun in these pictures and poems!

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  7. 19/10/2012 9:43 am

    You are always able to incorporate your photos with your thoughts. You are such a poet. A really great read.

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    • 22/10/2012 11:51 pm

      And so are you too… TY ! Glad to see you around again. Hope you are blogging again. Will visit. 😉

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  8. 19/10/2012 11:06 am

    Salvador Dali – killin’ it, as usual. I love that!

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  9. 19/10/2012 2:51 pm

    Still laughing over the Yogi quote! Thanks I needed that.
    b

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  10. 19/10/2012 5:40 pm

    The flying pig intrigues me. The coke bottle definitely lit up the right side of my brain. Your poetry coincided beautifully with the photos And great writing tips, Eliz. 🙂

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    • 22/10/2012 11:54 pm

      TY Tracy! I’m pleased that my silly little ditty got such love… I need to listen to my muse more often. 😉

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  11. Allyson Mellone permalink
    19/10/2012 6:30 pm

    Yes, the work of finding color is never finished. How about this one from Samuel Johnson’s “Prologue on the Opening of Drury Lane Theatre”?

    Each change of many-colour’d life he drew,
    Exhausted worlds, and then imagin’d new.

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  12. leahJlynn permalink
    19/10/2012 9:15 pm

    🙂

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  13. 19/10/2012 9:46 pm

    Awesome, awesome! The poems shine on this one, eliz. Love the references on the first one. The second one is just … 😀 … esp. the first stanza.

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    • 22/10/2012 11:57 pm

      Well TY Rommel! Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. TY again! 🙂

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  14. 19/10/2012 10:45 pm

    Hey Liz. Glad to catch up with you via this prompt. And what a great prompt it is. Right down my colorful alley. I posted 3 colorful modes of expression. And like your image of leaves, my last post on the subject incorporated an expressionistic look at leaves. And a little poetry as well. Love the Dali touch as well. Saw his retrospective in Atlanta last year. I gotta reach back into your archives.

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    • 23/10/2012 12:01 am

      Oh yes Walter! This one feeds a group of kids in our global community area. 😉

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  15. 20/10/2012 5:14 am

    A lovely and fun post. Yes, colours trigger emotions and creativity. As a photographer it’s one of the pillars on which my artistic work flourish from.

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  16. 20/10/2012 6:53 am

    I enjoyed the first photo and the blue moon also your collage is fun I enjoyed the poetry. On a rare occasion I will wrtie poetry.
    The idea of color triggering emotions good food for thought. I know I love bright colors and have been drawn to them most of my life. I have been learning this year to enjoy the muted colors the tans the browns and the softer pastel tones.

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    • 23/10/2012 1:31 am

      I love the color palette too and get drawn to ti as well. TY! 😉

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  17. 20/10/2012 8:38 pm

    I love colors in nature and think I do a decent job of capturing that. The photo of the autumn leaves is particularly beautiful. I think you do an amazing job of connecting to the themes and prompts, Elizabeth! I don’t know how you keep up! 🙂

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    • 23/10/2012 1:33 am

      TY Debra! I barely keep up actually… but yes the colors in nature are gorgeous. 😉

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  18. 20/10/2012 9:28 pm

    this is a really fun post Eliz. i especially like the flynig pig. Thanks for sharing.

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    • 23/10/2012 1:34 am

      TY! Once that word popped in my head, I couldn’t let it go. 😉

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  19. 21/10/2012 12:11 pm

    If you write poetry, you’re a poet. Simple 🙂

    Love the colours in the leaves and the bottles photos.

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    • 23/10/2012 1:36 am

      Thanks Tilly! Perhaps… 😉 Yes, the colors in both are quite different but equally beautiful. TY! 🙂

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  20. 22/10/2012 9:19 am

    Nice one, Elizabeth

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  21. 23/10/2012 9:01 pm

    I love your photo of the leaves Elizabeth. I enjoy dabbling with poetry. It’s interesting and a challenge being able to express myself with only a few words.

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  22. 26/10/2012 3:50 am

    Enjoyed the poetry actually….AND the fun post 🙂

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    • 05/11/2012 8:06 pm

      TY Madhu! Fun was the operative word and I had a blast with it… I need more fun in my life, I suppose. 😉

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  23. 26/10/2012 2:25 pm

    Very inspiring and good fun Elizabeth. I write the odd – some would say very odd poem – but its hard work!

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