Written for Poetic Asides 2019 April PAD Challenge – Day 4
For today’s prompt, pick a painter, make him or her the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible painters include Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, or Pablo Picasso. Of course, you don’t have to go with the big names. You can use more obscure painters or more contemporary ones. For instance, I love the work of Judith Peck and Aaron Bir.
New Mexico’s lonely, untouched
beauty inspired her desert
scenes-Ram’s Head, White Place,
and Black Place in Navajo county
where hills folded in on themselves,
flowing in waves of desert reds,
sand pinks, and tangerine sunsets.
Enchanted with idea of painting
to music, her Music-Pink and Blue 1,
was born, first painting in her swirling
colors style–Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Black
Hollyhock, Blue Larkspur, Two Jimson Weeds–
art that opened her subjects to their cores, even
shells, and open and closed clams. Her art,
became increasingly intimate in opinions
of the public. Perhaps not to New Mexico’s queen.