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.

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1 comment:

  1. Nice work as is the usual for you. Sometime in the next couple of days I hope to participate...if I am eligible. Good luck and enjoy your writing.