Tuesday, March 10, 2015

forward...sketCH!

Time crunCH this morning, folks.  Here's my effort for today's word, "sketCH."

Getting to Sketch

What is the difference between “draw” and “sketch”?
She’s trying to tell us; so far it’s a stretch.

Drawings take time, she says, keen observation.
Sketches are quick, she says, broad illustration.

"Drawings require you to inhale the detail;
sketches are more of a large-scale exhale."

You grab it, you get it, a few marks and lines
Is all that you need for a sketch to remind

you of what you have wondered, imagined or seen.
Drawings are fulsome, but sketches are lean.

Drawing is drawn out, examined, revised;
Sketch scratches itch that you feel in your eyes.

HM 2015
all rights reserved

I think there needs to be some reordering of lines there...  And what have YOU sketched out for today?

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Jone has revised an older poem for today--and what a fine portrait of a moment!

Behind the Museum Door
A young artist sits on the cold bench
colored pencils, sketchbook in hand
instead of homework
Her head bobs up and down
eyes glance at mentor’s  painting
draft lines, shapes appear
closing time announced

She crumples her sketch,
tosses it away
the painting speaks, keep at it
She stares and retrieves her tattered draft
--Jone MacCulloch
 And Charles is back with this love poem to a Momma...

ILLUSTRATION

Dusting charcoal over suntanned parchment
I begin sketching Momma, starting
With her rose tinted, pillow soft cheeks
That I kiss and snuggle against when
She’s reading me bedtime stories,
Then turning to those cinnamon colored
 Eyes, which can darken in anger when I
Neglect my chores or burnish with pride
When I perform at school recitals.
I zero in on her hair, braided in rows
Like Grandma’s organic vegetable garden
Before finishing up with her lips
Festooned in ruby red wonder. 
After showing Momma my illustration
I get sheltered in her rocking arms.

(c) Charles Waters 2015 all rights reserved.

 
Mary Lee's offering is a study in contrasts and blessings (includes patCH, ditCH and perCH along with sketCH!)

FLIGHT

Outside my apartment
is a small patch of grass
and a parking lot.
Beyond that is a ditch
full of dirty snow and trash.

But across the road
are power lines
where a hawk often perches
long enough for me to sketch.


©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015

Again, I'm sorry for throwing a wrenCH into the works with my (probably pointless) last-minute word changes.  Here's  Diane with the "old" word bleaCH (on my way to look up this verse) and the new word sketCH.

The Biblical Laundry Lesson

Full-strength bleach
eats a hole in fabric.
For whiter clothes mix
one part bleach to
thirty parts water.
2 Corinthians 12:9.


Sketch of a Newbie

She assumed that
talent is enough.
In attempting a leap
from best friend's
praise to stories in
The New Yorker,
she clearly forgot to
practice take-offs
and landings.

--Diane Mayr 2015

A curious and interesting metaphor.  Donna will not rest until she gets EVERY poem written! Here are her clever, special sketCH poem and her bleaCH poem, and check out her first round piece at the March Madness Tournament, too.



A Woman's Work is Never Done

A little bleach, a lot of soap;
So why the dirt and grime again?
I scrubbed it twenty years ago -
Why should it need recleaning then?



9 comments:

  1. My child would like the opportunity to visit Jone's child's museum.

    My poem is here
    http://www.maryleehahn.com/2015/03/flight.html

    and here:

    FLIGHT

    Outside my apartment
    is a small patch of grass
    and a parking lot.
    Beyond that is a ditch
    full of dirty snow and trash.

    But across the road
    are power lines
    where a hawk often perches
    long enough for me to sketch.


    ©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015

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  2. Sketch it is. What wonderful poems with such imagery are offered today by you, Heidi, Jone, and Charles. I will try to sketch out my thoughts later after I deliver PD today to a group of Long Island teachers.

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  3. Here are two short ones (sent yesterday, so it's probably in your inbox, Heidi). The first one is using the old word, bleach. The second uses sketch.

    The Biblical Laundry Lesson

    Full-strength bleach
    eats a hole in fabric.
    For whiter clothes mix
    one part bleach to
    thirty parts water.
    2 Corinthians 12:9.


    Sketch of a Newbie

    She assumed that
    talent is enough.
    In attempting a leap
    from best friend's
    praise to stories in
    The New Yorker,
    she clearly forgot to
    practice take-offs
    and landings.

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  4. I sent the "sketch" poem via email just now, so I have the old word "bleach" and the new.

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  5. Heidi, I love the internal rhyme of "inhale the detail."

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  6. Heidi, I decided to combing Michelle Barne's ditty challenge on writing a tanka with the word sketch.My offering is included at my blog site, http://beyondliteracylink.blogspot.com/2015/03/listen-to-write.html. Thanks for stretching my limits each day. Your poetry is helping me get inspired each day.

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  7. across the sky red
    ribbons sketch in ragged ropes
    desert evening art

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  8. On my morning walk
    bleached bones in the arroyo
    rattle snake long gone

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  9. I am leaving a link for some poems from the Wealthy School Poetry Club.
    http://doelegrade3poetry.blogspot.com/2015/03/march-challenge-poems-by-poetry-club.html

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