Hello and Happy Poetry Friday! Be sure and visit Mary Lee at A(nother) Year of Reading for Roundup.
Today's ArtSpeak: Animals poem is inspired by one of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings. I so appreciate his desire for accuracy, and how his studies and drawings were an essential part of the process.
I think we writers do our own versions of this as we research and draft and cut and try again!
In fact, the Private Eye method (which I've shared about many times and continue to practice!) is equally as concerned with finding the right words as it is about drawing in exquisite detail what you see in the jeweler's loupe. It's such a great practice for writers... if you haven't tried it, I hope you will!
And here's a quote to consider...although please don't use it as an excuse to stay in research mode FOREVER...at some point, one must simply WRITE the thing! (Ahem. Writing these words as much for myself as anyone!)
"For verily, great love springs from great knowledge of the beloved object, and if you little know it, you will be able to love it only a little or not at all." - Leonardo da Vinci
And now, my poem! Thank you so much for reading.
sometimes it wakes
a bear summoned
into a greening wood
thunder in its throat
lightning it its eyes
What a wonderful image of a bear called from hibernation by the first signs of spring. Thanks for sharing this today!ReplyDelete
I wobbly (two)step forth, often awakened by hunger. Hmm, the bear within. Thanks for sharing Leo's art and your words, Irene. :)ReplyDelete
You always teach me something worthwhile. I love how your poems are so tight, so seemingly effortless, though I know they are not. This is a post to treasure and save. Thanks, Irene.ReplyDelete
"Heartstorm" is a wonderful word for this bear and for us to hear.ReplyDelete
oooooh! Heartstorm...that hunger that wakes. Wowee!ReplyDelete
Perhaps we might try hibernating and be moved awake like bear byReplyDelete
Such nice sounds in these word, and hope ahead for us. Something I learned a long time ago in Art School, by a mentor artist, spending time with a subject only helps describe it more, thanks Irene! ^_^
I love imagining that 'heart storm', Irene. A marvelous Da Vinci exhibit was here a few years ago, fabulous to see all his ideas. Thanks for the reminder about Private Eye!ReplyDelete
Indeed, sometimes courage does wake slowly. And sometimes it even roars, thunder in its throat, lightning in its eye. I'll take another dose of bear, please! I think 2022 will need it.🐻ReplyDelete
Here's to all the wobbly steps we take as we awaken our courage! (Great metaphor; great poem!)ReplyDelete
Yes! I agree with Mary Lee. Thank you for sharing the daVinci quote--I will be thinking about that for a long time.ReplyDelete
I love the word 'heartsorm'ReplyDelete
What a wonderful courage bear!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the reminder about the Private Eye and the loupe--I'd forgotten I used that in 2nd grade some. You'll be able to stretch that "___ has [animal part]" form a long way!ReplyDelete
Your writing, your teaching never ceases to open my heart, Irene.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous poem, Irene.The word combinations are so vivid.ReplyDelete
Oh, I love this poem and those tentative wobbly steps back into the larger world.ReplyDelete