Blue and Gray Buddies

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Inspired by Art!  (posted by Lillian)
Catrin experiments with mixed media, collages, paintings on canvas, and has a passion and love for surrealism. She searches for license-free images, illustrations or photos for which copyright has long expired. She breaks the images into pieces, weaves them back together, mixing them with other images; transforms and retouches the pieces until the original image is no longer recognizable and an entirely new image is created. Surrealism, fairy tales, folklore, medieval times and Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) are her inspirations.

The prompt for today is to write a poem, any form and any length, using one of the four images from Catrin Welz-Stein that I’ve included below. 

Image by artist Catrin Welz-Stein, featured at


Silent Night-by Catrin Welz-Stein acrylic glass print

See how my leathered
body blocks gloomy grays
of day skies over water.
I bring you vast rolling
rainbows that bounce off
my toes to light up your
black fur. My neck
and trunk shield you
from weather woes. Slow
I may be, my wee friend,
but perfectly balanced
to sail the seas,
just we two.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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27 Responses to Blue and Gray Buddies

  1. whimsygizmo says:

    Ohhhhh. That last line is so deeply touching.


  2. lillian says:

    Love this tale….and most especially this:
    I may be, my wee friend,
    but perfectly balanced
    to sail the seas,
    just we two.”
    sigh….just sigh….


  3. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like how the elephant argues for staying together and those “vast rolling


  4. To have such a friend and protector…


  5. Waltermarks says:

    That’so nice. The last line reminds me of the owl and the pussycat, a perfect union


  6. kim881 says:

    I love that you have written from the elephant’s point of view, Sara, and, although he has a gloomy voice, he brings the cat
    ‘…vast rolling
    rainbows that bounce off
    my toes to light up your
    black fur’.
    The kindness of elephants…


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  8. annell4 says:

    Love this! Good friends go sailing!


  9. Opposites attract they say. This was delightful


  10. erbiage says:

    A touching friendship


  11. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Nice to propel us toward fable or fairy tale–so winsome & sweet; really enjoyed this–you are the first so far to use this image–Bravo.


  12. How great to have a friend like that… we all need a big protector

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  13. A story unfolding….this is so lovely!!


  14. Singledust says:

    love the balance from those that only see clumsy and rainbows when others see only blackness. such a beautiful description of the art Sara.


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