Thursday, April 18, 2013

Common Inspiration--Uncommon Creations.18

Ansel Adams [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

ANSEL ADAMS IN CANYON DE CHELLY

meandering 
eroding
grain by grain

rising
towering 
from the plain

lighting
shadowing
changeable sky

framing 
shooting
artistic eye

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2013


From Carol (Carol's Corner):

"Canyon"

Great canyon,
shaped
by the crushing,
grinding 
wearing
constancy
of movement.

you
who have learned 
the secret
of bending,
circumnavigating
and pressing
forward

you
who so clearly 
comprehend
pattern and layer
shadow and light
clarity and cloud

You
who know
great beauty
derived
from great adversity

teach me the secrets
of your
rock canyon
endurance.

(c) Carol Wilcox, 2013


From Kevin (Kevin's Meandering Mind):

You're out of breath,
chasing sunspots around this mountain
as if you were lighter on your feet
than a rainbow,
or faster than the fingers of clouds
casting shadows.

©Kevin Hodgson, 2013



The theme of my 2013 National Poetry Month Project is 


"Common Inspiration--Uncommon Creations." 


Each day in April, I will feature media from the Wikimedia Commons ("a database of 16,565,065 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute") along with bits and pieces of my brainstorming and both unfinished and finished poems.

I will be using the media to inspire my poetry, but I am going to invite my students to use my daily media picks to inspire any original creation: poems, stories, comics, music, videos, sculptures, drawings...anything!

You are invited to join the fun, too! Leave a link to your creation in the comments and I'll add it to that day's post. I'll add pictures of my students' work throughout the month as well.

6 comments:

  1. What a wonderful tribute - to nature and to Ansel Adams. Thank you, Mary Lee!

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  2. I don't comment each day, Mary Lee...but I am following your posts for April. Really enjoying them and amazed at your skills!

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  3. Lovely - you paid tribute to nature and the artist you was a master at capturing its majesty, Mary Lee.

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  4. This poem is a terrific example of the power of word choice. Perfect!

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  5. "Canyon"

    Great canyon,
    shaped
    by the crushing,
    grinding
    wearing
    constancy
    of movement.

    you
    who have learned
    the secret
    of bending,
    circumnavigating
    and pressing
    forward

    you
    who so clearly
    comprehend
    pattern and layer
    shadow and light
    clarity and cloud

    You
    who know
    great beauty
    derived
    from great adversity

    teach me the secrets
    of your
    rock canyon
    endurance.

    (c) Carol Wilcox, 2013

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  6. You're out of breath,
    chasing sunspots around this mountain
    as if you were lighter on your feet
    than a rainbow,
    or faster than the fingers of clouds
    casting shadows.

    -Kevin


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