What a wonderful little word and inventive subject. I’ve written of pens and paints, but not of ink, before now. I even read the history of ink and how it was and is made. Forgive me brother and sister writers. I got so excited—I wrote two twenty-two-word poems. Like money and sex, only too much poetry is enough.
5K Years Since
permanent. India’s art.
Printing or pens.
Words on paper,
ink, a catalyst to creativity,
with words and art.
Lines of Magic
See the flow on paper,
watch lines, curves, and shapes
appear in history, law, art;
even in silent music on a page.
Look both ways for waves of imaginative creations.
Mind the gaps for innovation’s utility and art’s beauty.
For this prompt, I was to select an existing poem and write my poem using the shape (form, style, beat) of the original. Each of my lines must begin with the same first letter of the corresponding line in the original poem.
For this assignment, I selected two Billy Collins poems. For shape, I chose “Class Picture 1954” (click to read it). I picked “Drawing Class” for subject and musings. Mr. Collins enjoyed his drawing class much more than I did. But we both like to draw.
Me in Drawing Class
I took the art class
for my drawing to improve.
To the instructor I was not
special nor obedient because
to me, she was retentive and inflexible.
The first day she belittled tardy.
I was early. Most were on time.
Is she too good to teach me?
At the front and center
in my surgical mask,
was I to be her basic class problem?
Because I claim my work
instead of me making art her way;
oh, how we entertained the others.
What’s so bad about using graphite?
And why is it carbon or charcoal
you think superior to what tool I use?
And now we’re done.
So class is over,
another moody artist goes his way.
Look both ways in dealing with the artsy types.
Mind the gaps, but graphite works equally well.