I think I only see a smudge
Or aliens guzzling down fudge,
Seahorses kissing sea urchins
or seaweed undersea lurking,
Eiffel Tower by Picasso,
An odd man with green mustachios,
Strange one-clawed acrobatic crabs
With ostentatious derby hats,
What malady’s inflicting me?
Imagination’s all I see.
© Susan Joy Clark 2021
This is for dVerse’s Monday quadrille challenge. By their definition, a quadrille is a poem with exactly 44 words. Our poems had to include the word “smudge.”
26 thoughts on “What Do I See?”
I like this take on the prompt. Nicely done quadrille. 🙂
Thank you. 🙂
Imagination indeed. Your poem reads like the opening of your next children’s book! Well done.
Thank you. 🙂
I really wish they could invent a simple test to spit out diagnosis and treatment, like a Robocop for mental health 🙂
Interesting thought. I think I did have to take an inkblot test as a kid. I didn’t like the idea of being analyzed, thinking they were looking for something wrong. One thing they did conclude was that I was imaginative.
I don’t think anyone likes the idea of being analyzed, especially when notes are being taken and put into a record. You probably already knew what they concluded! 🙂
p.s. I see a man in a white suit with a blue belt and a red coat, holding fireworks, while squirrels with flaming tails stand on sweet potatoes and push on him.
Ha ha. I love it. 🙂 I’m reading your comment without seeing the image right now. I’ll have to look at both together.
Ha ha. Yes, I see what you’re seeing now.
Love the creativity in this! Those seahorses are definitely there!
Thank you. I’m glad you can see them.
Oh yes – I think seeing all these things is a testament to a wild imagination! I love ‘aliens guzzling down fudge’ – I can definitely see that too 🙂
Yay. Thank you. : )
You saw a lot of cool stuff! I’m impressed you fit rhyme, humour and a serious meaning into 44 words!
Thank you. 🙂 I appreciate that. I had the concept before I found the actual inkblot to base the poem on.
I am SO with you on this one!
Thank you, David. I’m glad you can see what I see. 🙂
Really creative take! 😉
I can see the seahorses and the mustaches! Once, I got to take an actually Rorschach test, and it was, shall we say, interesting.
I don’t remember mine too well. (I was a kid.) Looking at inkblot images since then, I usually just find interesting things, not necessarily frightening or disturbing things. Of course, bat shapes seem to be easy to find, and I’m not necessarily a fan of bats. 😛 🙂
Movement in a still frame is something worth noting in an inkblot test. I never administered them, but they’ve always been fascinating. Nicely done (I’m sure it’s all just imagination).
Thanks, T.J. 🙂
If you see anything but a smudge there must be a malady…
Ha ha. Right? 🙂