Posted tagged ‘You can find them anywhere’

At the Museum After a Difficult Week

May 10, 2015


Not the Picasso I had in mind, when writing, but they are all great and this one comes with elephant–

At the Museum After a Difficult Week

Part of what I like
about Picasso
is the way his people
fill up space.
Even the planed face–the blank make-up of the harlequin–
carries weight,
though nothing like those places where the grease paint
does not reach–the unpainted (painted)
hands, the knuckles sculpted
with hardly a smudge–

Just so, I tell a flattened self,
I need to read people’s volumes–

especially those whose voices even sport
arched brows, tongues stenciled
with sneer, whose intonations alone
could decimate me–

a demotion of what would stand
in me
to step-stool–

When you’re a step-stool
it’s hard to feel much
but feet–

Still, I tell myself–
(for the heelers are so often
as unhealed)
to look for people’s spaces–
not on the drawn face
but at the wrist–
the puckered grist
of knuckle, the twists between
the creases on
the palm–

For life shakes hands
with us all,
leaves its fingerprints
with every brush;
oh life, you, grand master.

Okay, this one I’m definitely calling a draft.  It is written for Grace’s prompt on With Real Toads to write a poem influenced by Jane Hirschfeld.  The Picasso above was not exactly the one that I was thinking of in writing the poem, as it doesn’t show any hands well, but at least this one has an elephant.  (Rare in Picasso’s oeuvre.)

You Can Find Them Anywhere – Even with Pearl!

March 19, 2011


Lead-In To Oscars (With Elephants). Buzz and Woody and….

February 26, 2011



Lead-In To Oscars: Black Swan (Elephant)

February 26, 2011

You can find them anywhere.


Lead-Up To Oscars: Not Rooster Cogburn

February 24, 2011


Lead-Up To Oscars – “The King’s Speech” (With Elephant)

February 23, 2011

"You truly believe.... I can do this?"

(For more on The King’s Speech with elephants, check out this.)

Lawrence of Arabia Sans Camel. (You Can Find Them Anywhere.)

February 22, 2011

Even in the Sahara?

An Oscar Race (With Elephant)

February 19, 2011

"Come on, guys!"

Oscars With Elephants Continued: “Gone With The …..”

February 17, 2011

With a little help from their friends.

PS – those are supposed to be wings.  I’m afraid the pair on the one elephant to the right looks a bit Eeyoresque.  I guess I wasn’t quite sure what wings looked like on elephants.

Madonna, Child, Elephant, Skylight. (You can find them anywhere?)

February 4, 2011

Italy–elephants.  Some think of Hannibal; others of productions of Aida at the Roman Coliseum;  others of Berlusconi staying endlessly in office.  And then, there are those minds that conjure up the Madonna and Child.

I am embarrassed to say that, in my ManicDDaily way, I did not jot down the name of this artist, and cannot find the image among the hundreds of Madonna and Childs in the online catalogue of the Metropolitan Museum.  All I can say is that it’s located in one of the galleries with a skylight.

I guess I’ll just have to go back.

Have a wonderful weekend, and if you like fine art (as in wonderful drawings), don’t forget to check out “Going on Somewhere” with illustrations by Diana Barco, cover by Jason Martin, poetry by Karin Gustafson, on Amazon.  (Buy one!)  And if you like elephants, check out 1 Mississippi by Karin Gustafson, also on Amazon.  (Buy another!)   (P.S. If price is an issue, let me know–I know someone who can get them for you wholesale.)