A response to Scott Coe’s #Syntax Poetry Festival Prompt

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You can’t call it a school

I don’t see blackboards, I don’t see books

Drills , Hammers and Saws make up the look

creative types – making things from wood

or metal and plastic – if they think they should

learning the skills of a noble craft

creating hooks for the cloakrooms in th’aft

what is the achievement ? summat to hang on the wall

something flashy and colourful – for a designer to call

and designed and created in appropriate time

and housed in a home – something flashy, sublime

Art Arts Domestic Poetry Schooldays


#fowc #repetitive

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I remember in school

being given a time tables square

we’d sit in class

and for five minutes

go over the tables

over and over again

We’d make things

from Balsa and clay

and off to mum and dad

we’d take them away

but unlike times tables

the creations were made – our way

I was in a store – the other day

and took an interest of plates and jars

all looking the same with patterns, dots and bars

no element of craft – all made by machine

I don’t think my Art teacher – would be so keen

Art Art Gallery Arts Poetry


#WWP #Brush

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bringing a splash of colour to the white canvas

reds blues and greens mingle creating something

most pleasing to the donors eye

artist imagination (or perhaps water) – the only obstacle

to transferring the vision to the board

Making a mess ? he doesn’t think so

all art is subjective when you look at it

the splashes of colour ? satellite moons

encircling the red/blue planet

initial expressions ? positive

the colourful brushwork admired

maybe not to the pristine standard

of an old master

but good enough for the kindergarten wall

Arts Poetry

Art in Glass

#Art #Stained Glass #Marble

Hummingbird (Marbled Stained Glass) by inky

The hot molten glass

found its way around each

leaden nook and cranny

not what you would call

your average coloured glass

tones mingled past lead

colours falling through

the cut panels of crystal

painting floor patterns

Movement by Sunshine

makes the bird in the wired glass

look as it takes off

Acrostic Arts


#fowc #adhere

as you worked over your model kit

desire for speed over safety took a hold as

holding the pieces of the model meant you couldn’t

extricate your hands from the plastic bits

reality is – you should have read the instructions on the superglue

emergency department rendezvous awaits

Art Arts Poetry

Looks Familiar


Splashing something sunny

over somebody else’s scrawled tag

you know the work but do you know the artist ?

Arts Life Poetry

I have everything i need

Don’t need tons of money

I Don’t need fame

the stresses and strains of the nine to five

can go and run free

just my little box camera

and a notebook and pen

observing and capturing

the spectrum of morning colour

as they fly past the window frame

darting onto seed scattered greens

and enjoying delights of flower nectar

rough sketches of feathered friends

captured on the pastel pad

and stored away in my artists box

till a suitable frame can be found

Art Arts Poetry

Painting by Numbers

#Art #Poetry #Writeclub

A Colourful Tiger / Painting by Numbers

Maybe i’ll never be a Picasso….

and Lowry’s paintings are safe from my brush

reality is whilst i can do a bit of a sketch

keeping to the borders with my HB Pencil

its getting the colours on the canvas right – that’s why the

numbers on the pre-printed board are

great – for they tell me where the colours should go

On go the Orange’s, the greens and the browns

Until its time for the greys and the blacks

Taking my time – layering the paint – forms a picture of the puddytat.

Acrostic Animals Arts Poetry


#Art #Colours #Meditation

Coloring relaxation from the menagerie : Gorilla

You could call it – heading for another plane

as the individual colours fall

positioning themselves in the various

pictures shapes that make up the image

If you look close enough they’ll form the animal

note the triangle , circles and feather like shapes that make the

gorilla – as you fill in the shapes – you can almost hear it

Art Arts Outdoor Pursuits Outdoors


#fowc #finesse

There was some artistry

in the way the embroiderer

had set the scene on the patch

a celebration of outdoor activity

life under canvas for

over one hundred years

colours distinct – to stand out from the crowd

and if the needlework on the edge

wasn’t noticed

the bit in the middle would be