Image Interpretation

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – April Poems – Day 25
Kerry says~”Let’s Be Imagists”

“The challenge for today’s poem is to follow the advice of Carl Jung: “The point is you start with any image…” and tell us what it has to say to you. Remember the key points of simplicity, clarity and precision.”

“The point is that you start with any image … Contemplate it and carefully observe how the picture begins to unfold or to change. Don’t try to make it into something, just do nothing but observe what its spontaneous changes are. Any mental picture you contemplate in this way will sooner or later change through a spontaneous association that causes a slight alteration of the picture. You must carefully avoid impatient jumping from one subject to another. Hold fast to the one image you have chosen and wait until it changes by itself. Note all these changes and eventually step into the picture yourself, and if it is a speaking figure at all then say what you have to say to that figure and listen to what he or she has to say.” ~ C.G. Jung

the Sea

The Sea and it’s Raining. I Missed You So Much Artist: Wura-Natasha Ogunji 33rd Bienal de São Paulo Photograph: Kenia Santos

Your art is displayed
on mostly bare walls
in this open museum.
You would not approve
of the staging. Too much
artificial light greens it
with other-worldly
stature. These are works
of your hands and mind.
Produces a feeling
of closeness to you,
yet you are so far
away from me. Upside
-down glass benches
are propped to keep
the outside from blowing
in. Your art is displayed,
and my heart feels
mostly bare.

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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8 Responses to Image Interpretation

  1. Interesting viewpoint!


  2. Violet Lentz says:

    When I saw this rendition of the piece, I will say my heart dropped for the artist in the way it was displayed. Life just going on behind it in all of it’s mundane glory. You brought the feelings I had to life.


  3. Kerry says:

    This is an interesting perspective of art – its display, so often at odds with the passion that inspired it. I like the way you set that whole idea out in this piece.


  4. sanaarizvi says:

    Such a unique perspective on the artwork!


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