Cinquain: The Mural
February 08, 2023
Colors shine bright
Artist wields a spray can
The way you might paint a poem
On Monday, "street" was the word for Alex Price's Twitter cinquain prompt. As with all of them, I could have gone in a hundred different directions; I can't wait to start a poem with "streetcar."
What's a cinquain? Answer here.
The Poetry Friday roundup is at Carol Varsalona's Beyond Literacy Link on February 10th.
Photo by ST. Mural by Craig Anthony Miller at the Knowlton event space and art park, Bridgeport, CT.
This mural reminds me of the book THE LITTLE HUMMINGBIRD by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. Your poem is the perfect companion for the mural. I love "The way you might paint a poem."
Posted by: Mary Lee | February 10, 2023 at 09:27 AM
Mary Lee, I will have to look up that book; now I am curious. Thanks for reading!
Posted by: Susan | February 10, 2023 at 09:44 PM
You captured the energy of the mural in your cinquain, and they both work well together!
Nice play between the "spray can" and painting "a poem!"
Posted by: Michelle Kogan | February 11, 2023 at 12:25 AM
Painting a poem - love the comparison to spray painting a design
Posted by: Carol Varsalona | February 11, 2023 at 10:12 AM
I echo Carol V. There are beautiful murals that certainly are poems painted all over Denver. I love yours and your poem for it and them all.
Posted by: Linda Baie | February 11, 2023 at 10:20 AM
Michelle, thank you! I love what these artist do with cans of spray paint. So skilled.
Thanks, Carol. Artistic parallels, intersections, and collaborations definitely interest me. I've spray painted furniture before, but never anything bigger than that!
Linda, I have heard about those murals in Denver and hope to see them one day. Our nephew is in Gunnison, so hopefully we'll get out there again at some point.
Posted by: Susan T. | February 11, 2023 at 01:47 PM
Your poem and photo are the perfect pairing--they share such bright energy
Posted by: Kay McGriff | February 11, 2023 at 07:20 PM
Thanks, Kay. The mural is one of my favorites, and I had a feeling the photo could work here as an illustration.
Posted by: Susan | February 11, 2023 at 09:10 PM
Another fun prompt! What's incredible is, had the mural been the prompt, I wonder what the cinquain might've become?
Posted by: PATRICIA J FRANZ | February 11, 2023 at 09:10 PM
Yass, Patricia, yass! I like that idea. I knew when I saw "street" that I wanted to write about street art. The elephant is amazing, and his colors really are that vibrant. I'd been looking for a photo in which they did "shine bright." But to start another way around, with the elephant? Yes to that.
Posted by: Susan T. | February 11, 2023 at 09:50 PM
I love this! Painting a poem, tonight...the best
Posted by: Linda Mitchell | February 12, 2023 at 08:11 PM
Linda, I hope you have the opportunity to paint many poems this week!
Posted by: Susan T. | February 13, 2023 at 11:18 AM
That mural would inspires anyone — wow! And it inspired a fabulous cinquain. Love this, Susan!
Posted by: Karen Edmisten | February 13, 2023 at 09:23 PM
Thanks, Karen! A local event space, in a very industrial neighborhood, gussied up its property with a number of murals like this. They are so gorgeous. I need to go by there again soon and see what's new.
Posted by: Susan T. | February 14, 2023 at 10:12 AM