Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ARTSPEAK! Poem #22 "Still Life with Straw Hat, Bag, & Umbrella"

Hello, and welcome to day #22 of ARTSPEAK!, my Poem-a-Day Project for National Poetry Month 2015, in which I am writing from images found in the online collections of the National Gallery of Art and focusing on dialogue, conversations, what does the piece say? 

Today's piece is "Straw Hat, Bag, and Umbrella" by Frederick Peto.

So, how 'bout this trio? Don't they look like they have had adventures? And aren't they just aching to have MORE adventures? First thing in the morning, the idea of this corner as a coffee shop popped right into my head. Here's where I went with it:

...and, readers, there it is again.... WAITING! At the end of the month I am going to count up how many of these poems include that theme. We'll see! Thank you so much for reading! Be sure to visit Pat at A Writer on a Horse to see how our Progressive Poem is progressing!


  1. It's a beautiful picture, isn't it? They do seem to be waiting for more, and you've shown that talk of previous adventures, Irene. I like the middle stanza very much, each part connecting.

  2. Oh, how I adore these simply daily images, memories...And your playing with sounds is magical. This is a gem!

  3. What fun to bring character to the hat and umbrella :)

  4. I agree! It's a gem. Loved reading this today. Thank you.

    As Grandma’s faded straw hat, dripping umbrella, and fuchsia dotted handbag
    Recover in the foyer, she’s rolling around our home like a hyped up tumbleweed.
    Whipping up batter for cookies, yapping on the phone to Mom, feeding Fido
    Carrot sticks, all while watching her favorite TV show. “How are doing all this?”
    I ask. She says, “I’m a woman, I can handle anything.”

    (c) Charles Waters 2015 all rights reserved.


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