poetry

The Art of Painting a Picture

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Art Work by Lisa Tomey

The Art of Painting a Picture

First: you find a place
clearing of the dining table
placing a protective cloth
feeding the dog

Second: get your supplies
sorting through the art closet
moving the ironing board
piling up the non-art stuff

Third: you put all supplies on the table
sitting down, you realize you did not make tea
making tea you look at the art table
watching the cat drinking from your water bowl

Fourth: you sit down with your tea and proceed to paint
focusing on your subject matter, you start
before your brush finds the canvas
you are blowing off cat hairs

Fifth: sitting back in your artist’s chair
resolving to put your brush to the canvas
you hear that familiar sound
tapping at the door, the dog wants out

Sixth: do not, under any circumstances
give up
dip, move, dip, move,
soon it will be done


Today’s National Poetry Day Prompt comes from Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides Blog: “For today’s prompt, take the phrase “The Art of (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “The Art of Writing,” “The Art of Painting,” “The Art of Showing Up to Parties Fashionably Late,” and/or “The Art of Being Awesome.”

poetry

After I Fed the Dog

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Photo by Johann on Pexels.com

After I Fed the Dog

After I fed the dog
this life of mine moved on
after I took the dog for a walk
this life just moseyed on

After I fed the child
the day just took its tone
after I dressed the child
the day just moseyed on

After I went to work
the phrase of life was hum
after I took my lunch
the day just moved along

After I cooked dinner
the evening was the same
after I did the dishes
the end soon found the day

After I went to sleep
the night was just the same
after I woke from rest
it all began again

I got today’s National Poetry Month Prompt from Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides Blog: “For today’s prompt, take the phrase “After (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “After Dinner,” “After You,” “After Hours,” and/or “After I Finish Writing This Poem.”