sunday sketch

Swedish wooden toy horse on window sill beside daybed

Sunday Morning: a sketch

pillows play on the daybed
housecat swishes her tail
radio paints music chocolate-dark delicious as my espresso

the Swedish horse with the broken leg assesses my mental state
the coffee cup outlines the circle of its base onto the table
my sandals inscribe lines on my feet, a loose sundress erases my figure

my journal sketches my thoughts, lines, lines, line
I fade from the scene
I am just inscribed lines

the gel pen observes the work like a skinny foreman,
rigid, impatient at the pace
dear old patient threadbare linen napkin blots up the drips of minty water

life is messy, observes the old Swedish horse

my gel pen climbs down into
the deep hole with me
helps me dig

while Yo-Yo’s cello deckles the morning sunshine

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Musical interlude: Yo-yo plays Elgar’s Cello Concerto

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Notes: this is from a Natalie Goldberg prompt in her wonderful book, Writing Down the Bones;
1. write 10 nouns as a list. (I wrote ten things I could see/hear in the room)
2. write ten active verbs (she suggests thinking of verb relating to an occupation; I used “artist” as the verb-source)—sketches, inscribes, erases, observes, blots, outlines, paints, plays, swishes, deckles…
3. combine the nouns with the verbs and see what emerges
Have fun, see what happens. Why not?

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  1. #1 by Ellen Austin-Li on June 18, 2017 - 6:24 pm

    I love this! So funny… I just read “Writing Down the Bones,” and made a mental note to go back to that exercise! I love what you did with it, though I never would have guessed that these word choices were originally “unrelated.” Especially love “a loose sundress erases my figure,” though there are many lines I love!

    • #2 by Elaine Olund on June 19, 2017 - 3:37 pm

      I know! I so often see (or even recommend!) a prompt, but don’t get around to doing. Lately I’ve been doing at LEAST one per week and it’s always a good thing. Some of my favorite pieces/poems have come from prompts, I don’t know why I ‘forget’ to use them more! Thanks for commenting and reading 🙂

  2. #3 by Jane E.Hattemer-Stringer on June 24, 2017 - 10:09 pm

    I just did this prompt, I have never done prompts on my own, but yours inspired me to. this was fun. I made a crazy scene, reminds me of the poem about the fight with the gingham cat and calico cat (?) , I can’t remember who wrote it or how it goes, have to look it up, that will be fun.

    • #4 by Elaine Olund on June 25, 2017 - 11:13 pm

      Oh, that is so great to hear, Jane—glad you had fun with it. And now I have to look up the gingham cat and the calico cat, because that chimed a bell from my childhood, too…

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