Image by ~jjjohn~ via Flickr


A stretch of white.
You scrape a knife
through black, then indigo,
layer darkness,
across the horizon.
Reach for a tube of
chestnut brown,
squeeze the contents
onto the lower half
and smear.
Payne’s grey sky.
A slash of crimson,
a miniscule orb
in orange.

Submitted to dVerse Poet’s Pub where, for the first prompt, we are asked to build something. Well, I’m not at all handy so I thought I’d build you a painting to hang behind the bar. It will be a bit abstract but if it seems a bit dark, I intend to infuse with a lot of hope!

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11 thoughts on “Canvas

  1. Bodhirose says:

    Perfect! It will look great behind the bar.


  2. Heaven says:

    I appreciate the process in painting and art – much like poetry too! And that painting is just lovely to hang in the walls of the D’verse pub.

    Nice to meet you~


  3. Claudia says:

    thanks for the painting victoria…it will get a special place right behind the bar..for everyone to see…looking forward to this adventure…woohoo


  4. ALIVE aLwaYz says:

    seems like you have managed to suppressed darkness in a layered arrangement, but it’s still there which is the best part, for it’s the truth, darkness is always there we just learn to better our control over time.


  5. A skilfully observed description of the process of creating a new and original work of art. I love the brilliant imagery and the great economy of language.


  6. Well, you’ve certainly built a beautiful imagery in this canvas! Bravo! I always like when in poetry colors are the reflection of emotions!


  7. jgavinallan says:

    Do you paint? It feels as if you are right in the middle of he descriptions


  8. Thanks for the dash of color (sometimes a little is just the right amount). I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ll bring to dVerse.

    P.S. I think you’ll love Frank O’Hara. He worked as a curator for MOMA and wrote poems on his lunch breaks.


  9. brian miller says:

    all about making the art…layering one color at a time until the picture becomes clear…great to have you on the d’verse team…gonna be a fun ride


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