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“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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Floating tree, floating tree,
show me your autumn leaves.
I met you on the Champs-ร‰lysรฉes
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.ย  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, orย  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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 commentingโ€ฆ Thank you all for your patience! :-)

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Writing Challenge: A Splash Of Colorย  For this Weekly Writing Challenge, weโ€™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 โ€œBlueโ€ 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 (โ€œSomething borrowed, something blueโ€). 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,ย ย Flying pig, Blue moon, Flying cats,ย  Gangnam Style, Colored bottles by FUNKY Wikipedia

Until Next Timeโ€ฆ
Ask. Believe. Receive. ยฉ
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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  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.

    • 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… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. 19/10/2012 5:26 am

    The Color Me Poetic is a wonderful and fun way to express it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. 19/10/2012 5:56 am

    Those Coke bottles are so pretty! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 22/10/2012 11:45 pm

      TY and they are quite the anchor for the rest…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  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.

    • 22/10/2012 11:47 pm

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

  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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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?

    • 22/10/2012 11:49 pm

      I’d love to see your b&w series… What are the Sunday Whirls? Do share… TY! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 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: 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 19/10/2012 8:52 am

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

    • 22/10/2012 11:51 pm

      TY Catherine! Fun was a big part of my plan for the post. ๐Ÿ™‚

  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.

    • 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. 19/10/2012 11:06 am

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

    • 22/10/2012 11:52 pm

      ๐Ÿ˜† Your comment made me laugh. TY! ๐Ÿ˜†

  9. 19/10/2012 2:51 pm

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

    • 22/10/2012 11:53 pm

      Yes, that Yogi Berra quote made me laugh out loud… ๐Ÿ˜†

  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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. 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.

    • 22/10/2012 11:55 pm

      Beautiful… and such mastery with words. TY! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 … ๐Ÿ˜€ … esp. the first stanza.

    • 22/10/2012 11:57 pm

      Well TY Rommel! Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. TY again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  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.

    • 23/10/2012 12:01 am

      Oh yes Walter! This one feeds a group of kids in our global community area. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  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.

    • 23/10/2012 12:50 am

      And you take such amazing photography alone too. TY TY! :- )

  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.

    • 23/10/2012 1:31 am

      I love the color palette too and get drawn to ti as well. TY! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 23/10/2012 1:33 am

      TY Debra! I barely keep up actually… but yes the colors in nature are gorgeous. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. 20/10/2012 9:28 pm

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

    • 23/10/2012 1:34 am

      TY! Once that word popped in my head, I couldn’t let it go. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. 21/10/2012 12:11 pm

    If you write poetry, you’re a poet. Simple ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love the colours in the leaves and the bottles photos.

    • 23/10/2012 1:36 am

      Thanks Tilly! Perhaps… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yes, the colors in both are quite different but equally beautiful. TY! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. 22/10/2012 9:19 am

    Nice one, Elizabeth

  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.

    • 05/11/2012 8:05 pm

      Same here… It is a gift that some use so beautifully. TY! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. 26/10/2012 3:50 am

    Enjoyed the poetry actually….AND the fun post ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  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!

    • 05/11/2012 8:07 pm

      You write beautiful poetry! It is hard work… I agree. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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