Saturday, April 22, 2017

ARTSPEAK! Portraits poem "Tiger"

Hello and welcome to day 22 of ARTSPEAK! Portraits, my 2017 National Poetry Month poem-a-day project, during which I am looking, listening with my spirit ear, and asking these subject to share with me their secrets. 

But first: Be sure to check in with Jone at Deo Writer to see how our Progressive Poem is progressing! Soon it will be time for titling... any ideas?

And now, here are the ARTSPEAK! Portraits poems so far:

21. "Self-Portrait as a Painter" after Self-Portrait as a Painter by Vincent van Gogh
20. "What to Do in the Desert" after Nubian Girl by Ervand Demirdjian
19. "In Summer" after In Summer by Auguste-Pierre Renoir
18. "Night" after The Outlier by Frederic Sackrider Remington
17. "Boy Blowing Bubbles" after The Bubble Boy by Paul Peel
16. "Morning" after Buki Rinsen by Tsuchida Bakusen
15. "When Papa Paints" after Portrait of Anne by George Wesley Bellows
14. "Whistler's Mother" after Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 1 by James McNeill Whistler
13. "In the Company of Kittens" after Contentment 1900 by Henriette Ronner-Knip
12. "Sixteen" after Jeanne Hubuturne-1919 by Amedeo Modigliani
11. "Promise" after Portrait of a Little Italian Girl by Maria Kroyer
10. "Portrait of a Writer" after Oskar Maria Graf by Georg Schrimpf
9. "Speaking of the Weather" after Profile of a Woman by Fujishima Takeji
8. "Happiness" after Self-Portrait with Straw Hat by Elisabeth Vigee le Brun
7. "Virginia, Sitting for a Portrait" after Portrait of Virginia (Little Girl) by Frida Kahlo
6. "Paint-by-Number" after Portrait of a Woman by Alexei von Jawlensky
4. "I Am" after The White Cloud, Head Chief of the Iowas by George Catlin
3. "What If?" after Portrait of Camille Roulin by Vincent van Gogh
2. "The Lady Confesses" after Portrait of a Lady with Mask and Cherries by Benjamin Wilson
1. "Mona Lisa in Love" after Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

Today I've got an animal for you! Here's what she wants you know:

after “Tiger” by Hwang Jong-ha

Striped hide,
    inky eyes –

look inside

and you will find

both samurai

    and lullaby.

- Irene Latham

I think perhaps we are ALL both samurai and lullaby...


  1. Just perfect! This one needs to be sent out for publication beyond the blog. Cat lovers AND tiger lovers will get it. Nice, tight language and beautiful irony. Bravo!

  2. I wondered which animal would be featured for a portrait poem! And the tiger is perfect, especially since you had the kittens earlier in the month.

  3. I clicked over intending to type "perfect!" and then saw that both the comments here already use that same word! Oh well, it must be the right word!


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