Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Translating Art Into Poetry

The artwork above is a pencil and charcoal drawing created by Wayne Barrett, an artist from Tampa, Florida.  The inspiration for this piece came from a photo given to Wayne by a good friend.  The subject had such a look of curiosity and childlike innocence in the photo, Wayne felt compelled to start drawing it immediately. The prose below is my translation of what I see in this drawing.

 Not Another Picture
by Philly Dreamer

Oh Mom!,
Why do you keep making me pose for these pictures?
All I want to do is go outside and play.

Mom, I know you love me,
But I'm starting to think
Your obsessed.

I don't understand
Why you get so much joy
From taking my picture

You must really love me a lot
Of you just love
Torturing me.

You know mom,
I really don't mind it
It's nice to be loved

While you're looking at me
I see the smile on your face
And deep down I like making you happy

So I guess I'll sit here
And pose for another picture
But I swear this is the last time
Unless of course you ask me again

I'm sure you have your own interpretation of what this picture says, so I challenge you to translate this artwork into poetry for yourself.  I would love to see what you come up with, so send me a link to your poem at  I would like to thank Wayne Barrett for allowing me to share his work with you, and if you would like to see more of Wayne's creations, check out his site.

Wayne Barrett Art on Facebook


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Acrostic of Self Discovery Poetry Challenge

If you had to describe who you are in three words, what would those words be?  Part of a poet's journey in life is self discovery.  A poet must experience life and understand what it means to him, before he can write great poetry.  If you've never spent the day at the beach, how can you describe how the ocean waves crashing against the shore make you feel.  If you've never been in love, then how can you convey this powerful emotion through words.  Poetry is a reflection of a poets inner voice and until he discovers his voice, his writing is nothing more than some clever words on a page.

The Acrostic of Self Discovery is my newest challenge to all you poets of the world.  I want you to spend a good deal of time thinking of who you are, and after you have thought about it enough, I want you to think of three words that best describe you.  Use these words to write an acrostic poem that tell how they describe you and how they fit together to make the person that is you.  I challenged some of my poetic friends earlier last week to do this and I received an outstanding contribution from Beth37 which is a great example of what I'm looking for.  Read it below:

Acrostic of Self Discovery
by Beth37

"First off you should know I love to laugh.
Under almost every circumstance, this is what I love to do most.
Nothing describes me better than laughter.

Save for faith.
It is God Who means more to me than anyone or anything else.
Nothing above, on or below the Earth could have more importance.
Careful not to give the impression that I am above anyone.
Every day is a day, I pray He makes me who He wants me to be.
Redundant of no one, as He does with each of His creation, He makes me special.
Equal to no one. No better or worse, but loved deeply.

Peace maker. I desire to makes things smooth and comfortable for all.
A pleaser. A weakness I think, but a blessing to those around me.
Sleep deprived.
Scrabble addict.
I have a little issue with desire... it's more under control then it used to be.
Overworked. Could use some help.
Nocturnal. Like to stay up late.
Attitude is positive.
Timely. Don't like to be late.
Eternal... I believe we're all everlasting."

If you would like to participate in this challenge, please email me the link to your poem at  I will comment on each contribution and share your work with my poetic circle of friends.  I hope you will find this challenge fun and educational.

The list below contains the links to all the poems submitted for this challenge.  If you don't see your poem listed be sure to email me at the address above.

How To Keep My Personality In Balance by Janshares


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Puzzle of Life: Poetry Challenge

Life is an intricate puzzle we spend our lives putting together.  Each moment, each experience, each memory is a new piece to the puzzle that we must place to get the true meaning of our lives.  This week on Random Madness I am issuing a challenge to all the poets in the world.  Think of your life as a puzzle and use this idea to write an original poem of how you feel your pieces all fit together.  I have pre-issued this challenge to some talented poets I know, and if you would like to use their poems as inspiration to write your own, visit the following links below:

I'm looking forward to reading some wonderful poetry so if you want to participate in this challenge send me the link to your poem at  I will leave comments on all my favorites and share your work with my poetic circle of friends.