More writing! We went to the Johnson Museum of Art (Cornell’s Art Museum) for my Creative Writing class this past week and got to explore it in order to find a piece of art that inspires us so we could write an ekphrastic poem (a poem based on a work of art). I don’t know what drew me to this painting. Actually I wasn’t all that drawn to it in the first place. However, it was the first one I remembered when writing my poem,so I guess I somehow was drawn to it the most. I mean I am an environmental science major after all….
In Lieu (Inspired by Tomory Dodge’s Stacks)
and life in Its shadows
f l o w e r i n g
prim rows of them,
but the streets below
are old carriage roads
that have evolved into
dirty car nations
with traffic jams
that only can ruin the day’s ease.
But it’s not so bad,
when you look up,
above pavement, brick, and scaffolding,
where the sky’s
You can see the black eyed girl
on her balcony
during the morning rush hour.
Wave and she’ll nod,
even though she hates commuters,
but she’d never stay inside and miss the red sky,
and thinks it would be nicer to view it from a boat on the harbor
but she doesn’t sail away,
as everything slowly grows around her,
so she reaches down to pick a silvery bud,
puts it to nose,
but it’s another hollow one,
so she crushes it,
and tosses it over the railing.