Artwork to inspire poetry: Abstract art

Abstract art

The above artwork is abstract art.  It isn’t of anything in particular.  It is a mixture of three colors: orange, yellow, and green.  It isn’t completely random as there was an attempt to fill in all the white space, to have colors in lines around the border, and to use each color in a close to even way.

Since the artwork is abstract, a poet could see many things in it and interpret it in many ways.  A poet might find emotions and ideas in it or see shapes of things in it.  In general, a poet could see what they wanted to in the artwork.

Below is an example poem that uses the artwork and the idea of happy confusion.  This idea comes from the notion that while the colors are in a confusing pattern, they are bright and the pattern isn’t harsh.  Here is the example poem:

a food delivery
to the food bank

so much food
so many kinds
how will it all be sorted?

many will have food

Bilingual Poem: The dog is hungry

The dog is hungry,
by why?

The dog ate in the morning.

The dog ate in the afternoon.

The dog ate at night.

With no words,
the dog speaks.

The dog is hungry.

Why?

 

¿El perro tiene hambre,
pero por qué?

El perro comió en la mañana.

El perro comió en la tarde.

El perro comió en noche.

Con no palabras,
el perro habla.

El perro tiene hambre.

¿Por qué?

Poem: Tennessee

Tennessee

“What is your name?”
She asked the little boy with no shoes.
The boy looked at her and said,
“Tennessee.”

She asked the little boy with no shoes,
“Where are you from?”
“Tennessee,”
the boy told her.

“Where are you from?”
The woman in Alabama asked again.
The boy told her,
“Tennessee.”

The woman in Alabama asked again,
“What is your name?”
“Tennessee,”
the boy said with some confusion.

“What is your name?”
The woman now puzzled asked.
The boy said with some confusion,
“Tennessee.”

The woman now puzzled asked,
“Where’s your mother and father?”
“Tennessee,”
the boy said with certainty.

“Where’s your mother and father?”
The woman, just trying to understand asked again.
The boy said with certainty,
“Tennessee.”

The woman, just trying to understand asked again,
“What is your name?”
“Tennessee,”
the little boy said.

“What is your name?”
The woman asked, hoping the boy would understand.
The little boy said,
“Tennessee.”

The woman asked, hoping the boy would understand,
“Will you come somewhere with me, so we can get you some help?”
“Tennessee?”
A question was asked with tears.

“Will you come somewhere with me, so we can get you some help?”
The woman asked as she fell to the ground in despair.  Looking at the boy,
a question was asked with tears,
“What is your name?”