Poetry Painting Project: Day 6

ABOUT THE POETRY PAINTING PROJECT

We selected 30 poems (from the public domain) and each day for the next 30 days I will write a poem inspired by it, and Addie will paint a painting.

So, without further ado, let’s get to today’s painting and poem, inspired by E. E. Cummings poem, but the other.

To read this poem, click here (or scroll down near the bottom of the page)


ADDIE’S PAINTING

Flowers of Reminding By Addie Hirschten

MY POEM

FLUSHED AND TREMBLING

I’m flushed and trembling,
like a splayed young lover,
moved to the sun’s first glow of tears—
prisms of dew,
each of their grand multitude
a shining, eternal moment.

My skin is shorn.
My soul exposed,
I offer up to you like a
naked newborn
in the sun’s first glow of morn.

Will all your kisses
and tendernesses
frolic together
like children
forever?

Will they live evermore
in the ruddy reminiscence
of some drunken god or other?

The days with you!
And the nights, too!


OUR INSPIRATION

BUT THE OTHER
by E. E. Cummings

but the other
day i was passing a certain
gate      rain
fell        as it will

in spring
ropes
of silver gliding from sunny
thunder into freshness

as if god’s flowers were
pulling upon bells of
gold      i looked
up

and
thought to myself        death
and will You with
elaborate fingers possibly touch

the pink hollyhock existence whose
pansy eyes look from morning till
night into the street
unchangingly       the always

old lady sitting in her
gentle window like
a reminiscence
partaken

softly     at whose gate smile
always the chosen
flowers of reminding

Notes:

E. E. Cummings, 1894-1962. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Link to Biography: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/e-e-cummings
Link to Poem: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/But_the_other


ABOUT THE POETRY PAINTING PROJECT

For the past couple of months I have been working on a huge new secret project with my painter, Addie Hirshten, of Studio Alchemy

We selected 30 poems (from the public domain) and each day for the next 30 days I will write a poem inspired by it, and Addie will paint a painting.

Expect an outpouring of creative energy! This is the sort of big project that artists live for … where we can say what we yearn to say.  Big picture stuff. Heart wrenching stuff. I feel so inspired by the poetry we are working with AND seeing Addie’s process as well. Expect daily surprises with our posts. Expect passion. Expect love. Expect life.

Check Out Addie’s Instagram Account: www.instagram.com/alchemy.of.art.addie.hirschten/

Check out Addie’s art studio — Studio Alchemy:
studioalchemy.art/

I paint flowers so they will not die.

Frida Kahlo

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