Alice and Violet

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics:  “Meet Jackie Hurlbert”  (posted by charmed chaos)
“I first discovered Jacquline Hurlbert’s arresting art when we were on a cruise in 2005. On our way to Victoria, Canada one of the stops was Astoria, Oregon. We had time to to explore the quaint seaside town filled with art galleries. We popped into one small gallery and there she was- the piece that called to me, and said- “Take me home.”

“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.”- Frida Kahlo

“Write a poem inspired by one of the paintings.”


Night Creatures Don Their Tutus- J.Hurlbert

Graciousness is expected
by ball-gowned ballerinas
out for a night on the town.
But things were grounding.
Antennae of Alice in blue
gown was picking up green
vibes from her companion.
Alice sensed a head
turn-burn. Her companion
was slowly greening,
matching color of her gown.
is not a competition,
thought Alice, so why
did Violet’s vibes
cause antennae arousal
on this lovely night,
when grace is expected?

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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28 Responses to Alice and Violet

  1. Assuming green refers to envy, that’s part of phony pride, mankind’s most important common curse. Nice use of assonance and alliteration


  2. Smiling here at this response! Love it.


  3. rothpoetry says:

    I love your play with jealousy in this poem. It has a Martian effect! Very creative!


  4. msjadeli says:

    Creative take on the painting. I guess no creature is immune from envy.


  5. Grace says:

    I never thought of this scene – jealousy causing antennae arousal, among the ball gowned ballerinas. Good one Sara.


  6. Ah jealousy – such a good subject for a poem! Clever interpretation of the picture , but also extremely clever in the way you evoke the feeling and associations our common knowledge of fairytale lore holds for all of us.


  7. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like how the first and last lines connect grace and graciousness through the poem.


  8. memadtwo says:

    The comparison with chameleon-like color changes is perfect! Just what we do when we dress up. (K)


  9. Antennae arousal … maybe it’s appendix arousal for others.


  10. lifelessons says:

    I think this photo is my favorite as well. Just so bizarre..Did you love where it took you?


  11. robtkistner says:

    Wonderful interpretation of Jacquline’s art. Well written Sara.


  12. lynn__ says:

    Your response is unique and your message universal…good one!


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